Marcelo Suárez-Orozco to Speak at Vatican Meeting on Migration

Wasserman Dean joins international cadre of scholars and policymakers to discuss global migration from perspectives of the Holy See and Mexico.

Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco will join Luis Videgaray Caso, Ph.D., Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations, and His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, along with prominent academicians and policymakers from around the world at a joint Colloquium of the Mexican Foreign Ministry and the Vatican’s Secretary of State on Migrations in the 21st Century, to be held at the Headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Casina Pío IV at the Vatican Gardens in the Holy See on June 14. Suárez-Orozco will be delivering a lecture at during a session on “Migration and development from the Perspective of the Global Compact.”

“I am happy to represent UCLA GSE&IS at this important gathering on one of the defining issues of our times,” says Dean Suárez-Orozco. “The Holy Father Pope Francis has brought attention to the grave human suffering of forcefully displaced migrants. The right to seek shelter is an inalienable right of all human beings. The obligation to give care to the defenseless is ancient and codified in the world’s great religions and civilizations. But immigration is changing rapidly.

“After holding for three quarters of a century, the map tracing the great global migration corridors of the post–World War II era has become increasingly blurred. Three disparate formations laid the foundations for an entirely new cartography of mass migration. In this lecture, I will endeavor to identify what is new and different in migration today and what all civilized nations and all peoples of good will should be thinking and doing to confront this world crisis.”

The Colloquium responds to the interest that the Mexican government and the Holy See particularly attach to the issue of migration, to the commitment that Pope Francis has shown about this phenomenon, and to what was agreed upon at a meeting between Secretary Videgaray Caso and His Eminence Cardinal Parolin in October 2017, during the visit that the Mexican Chancellor made to the Vatican on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Mexico and the Holy See.

The meeting’s aim is to continue the dialogue on international migration in the global context and about the contribution that the migratory phenomenon has made in the history of nations, insisting on retaining human dignity, protecting the human rights of all migrants, and improving the public perception of migrants and about migration as a whole.