Conference Presentations

June 12th Conference

The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) in cooperation with
the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the Government of Sweden
The Evidence Base for October’s High-Level Dialogue:
What We Know About Migration & Development
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room-3 (Garden Level)
New York City, NY



Introduction and Goals
Kathleen Newland, Director, Migrants, Migration & Development, and Refugee Policy Programs, Migration Policy Institute

Keynote: Demography and Destiny
Rainer Münz, Senior Fellow, Hamburg Institute of International Economics; Head of Research and Development, Erste Group Bank AG

Panel 1. What We Know About Development Gains from Migration
Remittance flows and diaspora groups can be powerful tools for development. This session asked what we know about how diasporas and remittances impact development, and how transnational networks and the private sector engagement can multiply the positive impacts of these tools.

Moderator: Rita Claverie Díaz de Sciolli, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Guatemala


  • Dilip Ratha, Manager, Migration and Remittances Unit and CEO, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, World Bank
  • Kathleen Newland, Director, Migrants, Migration & Development, and Refugee Policy Programs, Migration Policy Institute
  • Sonia Plaza, Senior Economist, Economic Policy, Debt, & Trade Department, Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development, World Bank

3:00-4:00 What We Know About Labor Migration and Development

This session explored the evidence base on the impacts and net effects of low- and high-skilled labor migration on development. The discussion also considered the development gains that arise from circular migration.

Moderator: Imelda Nicolas, Chair, Commission on Filipinos Overseas


  • Michael Clemens, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Graeme Hugo, Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre, University of Adelaide

Panel II. What We Know About New Challenges in Migration Policy

This panel considered the evidence surrounding some issues that have risen to new prominence in policy discussions. The discussion will focused on the costs of recruitment, the challenges and benefits of protecting migrants’ rights, and the relationship between migration and climate change.

Moderator: Michele Klein-Solomon, Permanent Observer to the UN, IOM


  • Dovelyn Agunias, Senior Policy Analyst, MPI
  • Don Kerwin, Executive Director, The Center for Migration Studies of New York
  • Susan Martin, Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

Panel III. Conclusions: Knowledge, Power, and Institutions: where does “What We Know” lead?

Moderator: Kathleen Newland, Director, Migrants, Migration & Development, and Refugee Policy Programs, Migration Policy Institute


  • Minna Ljunggren, State Secretary for Migration and Asylum Policy, Ministry of Justice, Sweden
  • Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, U.S. Department of State

The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) in cooperation with
the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning:
Assessing the Evidence, Continuing the Dialogue
Monday, May 7 – Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Millennium UN Plaza Hotel
New York City, NY

Concept Note and Agenda


Statements and presentations

Welcoming Remarks – Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Keynote – Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies (CMS)

Panel I. Data, Migration Profiles and How to Evaluate Migration’s Impact on Development

Moderator: Ellen Percy Kraly, Editor, International Migration Review
Bela Hovy, Chief, Migration Section, Population Division, UN-DESA
Amy Muedin, Programme Specialist, Permanent Observer Office, IOM
Laurent De Boeck, Director, African, Caribbean and Pacific Observatory on Migration
Prosper PD Asima, Head, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Ghana Immigration Service

Panel II. First experiences in using the Global Migration Group  Handbook on Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning

ModeratorShantanu Mukherjee, UNDP and Md. Shahidul Haque, IOM, co-chairs of the GMG working group on mainstreaming migration in development planning
Beata Godenzi, Head of the Global Programme Migration and Development, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Toni-Shae Freckleton, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ)
Daria Goncearova, First Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Moldova

Panel III. Diaspora engagement, Economic and Social Remittances

ModeratorKathleen Newland, Director, Migration Policy Institute
Juan Jose Garcia, Vice Minister for Salvadorans Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, El Salvador
Barbara Span, Vice President of Global Public Policy, Western Union
Abdirahman Ahmed Mohamed, Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA)
Anjali Banthia, Senior Associate, Women’s World Banking

Panel IV. Getting the Fundamentals Right for Adaptive National Migration Governance

Moderator: Ann Pawliczko, Adviser, Emerging Population Issue, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Mafruha Sultana, Joint Secretary, Additional Director General, Bureau of Manpower Employment & Training, Government of Bangladesh
Dr. Howard Duncan, Executive Head, Metropolis Project, Carleton University
Sonia Plaza, World Bank, Senior Economist, Migration and Remittances Team, Development Prospects Group
M. Shahidul Haque, Director of International Cooperation and Partnerships, IOM

Panel V. Integration of Migrants for Development

Moderator: Natasha Iskander, New York University
Fatima Shama, New York City Commissioner for Immigrant Affairs
Dr. Federico Villegas Beltran, Director of Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentina
Marc Scheuer, Director, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
Syed Saiful Haque, Chairman, Welfare Association for the Rights of Bangladeshi Emigrants (WARBE) Development Foundation, Bangladesh

Panel VI. Integrating Migration into Initiatives for Development: The Way Forward

ModeratorMichele Klein Solomon, Permanent Observer of the International Organization for Migration to the United Nations
Salomon Samen, representing Ali MansoorChair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, Government of Mauritius
Ambassador Luis Alfonso De Alba, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations
Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development
Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)



Scalabrini International Migration Network (SIMN)
III International Forum on Migration and Peace
October 19, 2012
Mexico City, Mexico

Statements and presentations

Donald Kerwin, Executive Director, Center for Migration Studies


The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) in cooperation with
the The Levin Institute, SUNY
Conference On U.S. Immigration Reform, With Special Reference To New York City
Thursday, March 3, 2011
116 East 55th Street, New York City, NY

Statements and presentations

Conference Agenda
Speaker Biographies
Mr. Joseph Chamie – America and Immigration
Mr. Joseph Salvo – Immigration and Population Change
Bishiop Nicolas DiMarzio – Thoughts on US Immigration Reform, With Special Reference to NY City
Ms. Ellen Kraly – ‘Starting with Spoons’: Refugee Migration and Settlement
Mr. Rey Koslowski – US Immigration Reform: Plenty of Ideas; Little Action
Mr. Donald Kerwin – Reflections on US Immigration Reform
Mr. Austin Fragomen, Jr. – Prospects for Immigration Reform and the New York Perspective
Mr. Patrick Weil – What the United States Can Learn from Europe as it Contemplates Circular Migration
Mr. Michael Teitelbaum – The Two Yawning Gaps of U.S. Immigration Policy
Mr. James Williams – Student Impact on Skilled Migration
NYC Mayor, Mr. Michael Bloomberg – Statement



The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) in cooperation with
the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Conference on Irregular Migration:
Legal and Policy Perspectives
Thursday, January 21 – Friday, January 22, 2010
Millennium UN Plaza Hotel, 2nd Floor Ballroom, New York City, NY

Statements and presentations

Opening Remarks of the Director-General of IOM
Opening Remarks of the Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies
Mrs. Neli Esipova, Regional Research Director of Former Soviet Union, Gallup Poll
Mr. Bela Hovy, Chief, Migration Section, Population Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Mr. Adel Abdellatif, Chief of the Regional Programme Division, Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP
Ms. Jillyanne Redpath-Cross, Senior Legal Officer, IOM
Ms. Gabriele-Goettsche-Wanli, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, UN
Mr. Olaf Jacob, Director of Social Policy in Latin America, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
Mr. Peter Schatzer, Regional Representative, IOM-Rome
Rev. Florenzo M. Rigoni, Addressing The Human Costs of Irregular Migration
Ms. Janet Hatcher Roberts, Executive Director, Canadian Society for International Health
Mrs. Alfonsina DeFelice,The migratory phenomenon from social trauma to a global resource
H.E. Mr. José Bamóquina Zau, Vice-Minister of the Interior of Angola
H.E. Mr. Francisco Carrión-Mena, Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the United Nations
Mr. Antonio Golini, Professor, Demography, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
Ms. Marcela Perticara, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Mr. Joseph J. Salvo, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, Population Division
Ms. Josephine Dimilta, Pfizer
Ms. Paromita Shah, National Immigration Project, National Lawyers Guild