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International Migrants’ Day Event: Exploring migration and human security

On 15 December, ahead of International Migrants’ Day, UNDP’s Human Development Report Office and IOM jointly invites you to an event that brings the latest research insights on migration and human security.

Planetary change, sociopolitical and economic instability, conflict, and violence threaten people’s lives and livelihoods and act as push factors for voluntary or forced mobility. Dangerous journeys, human trafficking and exploitation, as well as realities of detentions, deportation, and family separation increase human insecurity for migrants in transit. And systemic inequalities in access to basic services, barriers to legal status and protection, and social discrimination can severely increase insecurity for migrants at destination points.  

Migration is also often placed at the center of heightened political and social polarization, making it a subject prone to tactics of disinformation and generating the conditions for increased discrimination and violence. The multiple and compounding risks faced by migrants call for concerted efforts on policy solutions and on the evolution of our social norms, behaviors, and values to safeguard human security and development for all. 

This event brings together IOM Research’s expertise and findings from UNDP’s 2022 Special Report on Human Security to discuss the complexities of migration and human security.

Thursday 15 December, 09:30 – 11:00 (ET) / 15:30 – 17:00 (CET)  

Register for the virtual event


  • Marie McAuliffe, Head of the Migration Research & Publications Division at IOM,


  • Pedro Conceição, Director of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office (Welcome Remarks) 
  • Heriberto Tapia, Research and Strategic Partnership Advisor, Human Development Report Office (Panelist)
  • Linda Adhiambo Oucho, Director of Research and Data Hub, Africa Migration and Development Policy Centre (Panelist)
  • Bandana Purkayastha, Professor of Sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut (Panelist)
  • Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, University of Oxford (Panelist)
  • Jane Suiter Professor, School of Communications, Dublin City University (Panelist)
  • Francois Crépeau Professor and Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, McGill University (Panelist)
  • Eva Akerman Borje, Director of the Department of Policy and Research at IOM (Closing Remarks)