Public Symposium on Migration

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•01•13    10:00 - 17:00
    Kuala Lumpur

    According to the International Organization for Migration the net migration rate in Malaysia (2010–2015) is 0.4 per 1,000 population and immigrants represent 8.4 percent of the total population. Responding to the challenges surrounding migration, Malaysia works on medical and health-related assistance, cultural orientation, migration management, counter trafficking, and assisted voluntary return and reintegration.

    In this regard, UNU-IIGH, in collaboration with the UNU Migration Network —  a research collaboration across five UNU Institutes — is organizing a first of its kind Symposium on Migration on 13 January 2015 in Kuala Lumpur. The symposium will share knowledge and recent research results of the UNU Migration Network, research practices and expertise on migration among UN agencies, member states and other relevant stakeholders, and aims to bridge gaps in this field with appropriate policy development.

    The symposium will be a unique opportunity for Malaysian stakeholders to hear from UNU migration experts worldwide, discuss local implications of international migration policy development and promote future policy and legislation on migration. The symposium will also provide the opportunity for international experts to learn about Malaysian experiences and lessons learned.


    To register for this free event please contact UNU-IIGH Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Syed Emdadul Haque:


    09:30–10.00 Registration

    10:00–10:15 Opening

    • Welcome remarks: Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (MWFCD), Malaysia
    • Welcome remarks: Prof. Anthony Capon, Director, UNU-IIGH
    • Introduction of UNU Migration Network – Dr. Valeria Bello, UNU Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU – GCM)

    10:15–11:15 Plenary Session A: Situation and Challenges of Migration in Malaysia

    (15 minutes for each presentation including 2-minute Q&A)

    • UNHCR’s Work on Migration in Malaysia – UN Office for the High Commissioner for Refugees
    • Current situation and the way forward in Malaysia – MWFCD
    • Academics (TBC)
    • Experiences of NGOs (TBC)

    11:15–11:30 Coffee Break

    11:30–12:15 Plenary Session B: UNU Research on Migration (Overview of Issues and Future Initiatives)
    (40 minutes of presentations and 5-minute Q&A session)

    • Migration, Prejudice and Human Security: What Institutions and Policymakers Can Do – Valeria Bello, UNU-GCM
    • Migration and Cities: Responses in Academia and Policy to Everyday Realities – Megha Amrith, UNU-GCM

    12:15–13:15 Lunch

    13:15–16:15 Plenary Session B (continued)

    • Linkages Between Migration and Development: Exploring, Health, Those Who Stay Behind, Diaspora Engagement and Return Migration – Melissa Siegel, UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)
    • Migration and Health – Jose Siri and Syed Emdadul Haque, UNU-IIGH
    • International Health Worker Migration to Europe: Implications for the Other Regions – Ana Amaya, UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)
    • Climate Change, Human Mobility, and National Adaptation Planning – Koko Warner, UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) (via video)

    16:15–16:30  Coffee Break

    16:30–17:00  Open Discussion/Q&A with Audience and Panelists

    17:00 Closing


  • UNU International Institute for Global Health Building
    UKM Medical Center
    Jalan Yaacob Latiff
    56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur

  • Syed Emdadul Haque, PhD Postdoctoral Research Fellow: