Migration and Development

Ortigya Business School, Siracusa

ALUM Conference_Siracusa 2019

The Ortygia Business School Center for Migration, the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) participated in the 4th Annual Siracusa – ALUM Research Conference on Migration, which took place on June 24-25 in Siracusa, Italy, under the umbrella of the Oversto Project, supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

This year’s conference focused on the link between migration and development. Several international studies confirmed that migration enhances the development of origin and destination countries. However, the potential of migration is not yet fully exploited. While migration can be a powerful poverty reduction tool and contribute to the achievement of all the SDGs, the specific risks and vulnerabilities of migrants are often overlooked. This coupled with a weak implementation of support programmes and major data gaps calls for renewed research efforts and policy action. The 4th Annual Siracusa – ALUM Research Conference on Migration addressed these and several other key questions including do policy makers sufficiently take migration into account in their respective policy areas? How to better integrate migration into development strategies? Is it necessary to improve co-ordination mechanisms and strengthen international co-operation?

The conference duration was two days and comprised of three components:

  • Academic Conference, 24th June 9:00 – 18:00
  • Policy in Practice Sessions, 25th June 9:30 – 13:15
  • Citizens’ Dialogue on Europe, 25th June 14:00 – 15:30

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #ALUMResearch 



Watch a clip from the keynote speaker from Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University) where he spoke on Effects of Emigration on Rural Labor Markets.

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