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Prospects for Reform on International Migration and Refugees with Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
10:00AM - 5:00PM
Perry World House | World Forum
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Perry World House presents its 2018 Global Shifts Colloquium:

"Prospects for Institutional and Policy Reform on International Migration and Refugees"

Since Perry World House opened its doors in fall 2016, its research theme, "Global Shifts: Urbanization, Migration, and Demography" has explored and raised key policy questions at the intersection of urbanization, migration, and demography, three trends that are collectively transforming the world in profound ways. Our work thus far has focused on the imperative of integration for forced migrants; processes for building inclusive, sustainable cities; and the need for evidence-based policies on refugees and migration. Across all of these issues, scholars, policymakers, and practitioners alike are dissatisfied with the status quo and want more robust, responsive, better coordinated, and durable reform that strengthens the international response to the needs of people who are, for myriad reasons, migrating. Join us for a day of rich discussions about prospects for reform on these issues.


10:00AM Welcome & Opening Remarks

• William Burke-White, Richard Perry Professor and Inaugural Director, Perry World House


10:05-11:30AM Reporting on Refugees and International Migration: The Role and Responsibilities of Journalists and the Media

• Trudy Rubin, Worldview Columnist, The Philadelphia Inquirer

• Bill Orme, United Nations Representative, Global Forum for Media Development; Member, Board of Advisors, Ethical Journalism Network
• Sasha Polakow-Suransky, Author and Deputy Editor, Foreign Policy
• Sarah Stillman, Staff Writer, The New Yorker; Director, Global Migration Program, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism
• Graeme Wood, National Correspondent, The Atlantic; PWH Visiting Fellow


12:00-1:30PM Keynote Address by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

With a special introduction by University of Pennsylvania Provost Wendell Pritchett, and followed by a conversation with William Burke-White, Inaugural Director of Perry World House


1:30-2:15PM Lunch


2:15-3:45PM Protracted Displacement as a Global Concern: What Needs to Change?

• LaShawn Jefferson, Deputy Director, Perry World House
• Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, Nigeria
• Barbara Rijks, Head of Mission Coordination Unit in Baghdad (Iraq), International Organization for Migration
• Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University


4:00-5:00PM Closing Address & Conversation

Yasmine Mustafa, CEO, Roar for Good

In conversation with

Sozi Tulante, Former City Solicitor, Philadelphia; Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Followed by a reception