In order to mark the 2015 Human Rights Day and International Migrants Day, the Geneva Centre, in collaboration with Union des Nations pour l’Enseignement, la Science Universelle et les Droits de l’Homme, will host a panel discussion on the migrant crisis currently affecting the Mediterranean region and the European continent more generally. The panel discussion, entitled The Current Migrant Crisis: an Aftermath of the Arab Spring?, will take place on 11th December 2015, from 10:00 to 13:00, at Palais des Nations (Room VIII).
The discussion aims to raise awareness and share experiences on the current migrant crisis, notably in the Mediterranean region and Europe, and to analyse the interrelation between security and international migrations. In this context, the debate will focus on international migration both as a consequence of insecurity and, particularly, as a possible side-effect of the Arab Spring.
The debate will stimulate discussion on good practices and challenges ahead for the promotion and protection of migrants’ rights in host countries, as well as on practical measures to support human rights promotion and democracy building in potential migrant-sending countries. Finally, the panel discussion will promote dialogue on concrete steps to undertake in order to manage the current migration crisis, both at the national and international level, and will outline proposals to improve pre-crisis preparedness, emergency response and post-crisis recovery.
Palais des Nations, United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG). Room VIII.