Workshop at UCLA to Examine Humanitarianism and Mass Migration

The UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information studies will join with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, and the Ross Institute of New York to host a workshop on Humanitarianism and Mass Migration, January 18 – 19, 2017 at UCLA.

At a time when approximately 33,000 human beings are forcefully displaced everyday and catastrophic migrations pose new international risks to millions of migrants and challenge dozens of nations, the two-day workshop will bring together leading scientists, social scientists, humanists, religious leaders, policy makers, philanthropists, practitioners, and NGOs to examine mass migration and the need and role of Humanitarian efforts.

“In an age of climate change, weak and collapsing states, and anti-immigrant fervor, the lives of over one billion people are being shaped by migration,” says Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. “This tremendously important workshop brings together a powerful group of thinkers to focus attention on the crisis in migration and the Humanitarian call to find lasting solutions.”

A letter to conference participants from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State conveying the wishes of the Pope, his Holiness Pope Francis, says, “Conscious of the dimensions of this humanitarians crisis,” he asks that the Workshop participants pay attention to its “effects on children, families and those who are most vulnerable in the face of exploitation.”

The workshop will cultivate and disseminate high quality new data, conceptual work, relevant policy interventions, and best practices as a way to shape new practices and inform change.  The workshop will result in a major scholarly volume.

For more information about the workshop, please visit this link.