Marcelo Suárez Orozco to Take Part in Vatican Discussion on Migrants and Refugees

Wasserman Dean will present research on drivers of mass migration and the refugee crisis.

Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco will participate in the Third Ethics in Action Meeting at the Vatican, May 25-26. The co-director of the Institute on Immigration, Globalization, and Education at UCLA will co-present “The Drivers of Mass Migration and the Refugee Crisis—political, economic, environmental” with Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University; and Romano Prodi, former president of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Italy.

“I am extremely humbled to be representing the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at this high level venue,” says Suárez-Orozco. “War and terror, environmental dystopia, and unchecked climate change are the main drivers of the catastrophic migrations of the 21st Century. Every day over 33,000 human beings are forcefully displaced from home for a total of over 65 million people. For the first time in history half of all refugees under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees mandate are children and youth. This is the existential crisis of our time. Our work with the on immigrants and refugees with the Pontifical Academies is more urgent today that ever before.”

In January, Suárez-Orozco led a GSE&IS International Workshop on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS), the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the Ross Institute of New York. The Workshop commissioned new scholarly papers, developed new data, and examined current policy interventions, and best practices as a way to shape new practices and guide change.  A statement on the major findings of the Workshop has been jointly released in English, Spanish, and French by the Pontifical Academies in the Vatican City

In 2013, Dean Suárez-Orozco and Professor Carola Suárez-Orozco, co-director of IGE, spoke on “The Empire of Suffering: Trafficking of Children in the Global Millennium” at a PAS conference titled, “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery.”


Photo courtesy of Marcelo Suárez-Orozco