WUN Migration Conference 2015

The inaugural WUN Migration Conference explores the issue of migration through the lens of WUN’s identified Global Challenges in public health, in responding to climate change, in understanding cultures and in global higher education. The conference aims to facilitate discourse that will contribute to the Post 2015 Development Agenda discussion. The multi-perspective view that the conference will take positions it well to contribute to this important discussion and to give recommendations on how migration can be incorporated into the new agenda. 

International migration is frequently discussed in association with development. There are approximately 234 million international migrants in the world (UNDESA, 2013). When internal mobility is included this number becomes almost immeasurable. Although the significance of migration is clear, the topic remains complex. Great variations in the conditions faced by migrants, and consequent impacts on health and well-being, are mirrored in its developmental impacts.  In going forward, it is important to consider the role of migration as an enabler of development through a number of different channels: monetary and social remittances, the act of migrating, and the impacts on those left behind.  The evidence base for internal migration is often more robust and plentiful than for international migration and thus, where relevant, the impacts of internal migration on development are also considered. 

Two ways in which migration could be incorporated in the Post-2015 Development Agenda are: 1) situating migration alongside other ‘enablers’ of migration such as trade in a reformulated version of MDG 8 on global partnerships; and 2) through the inclusion of migration related indicators as a cross-cutting theme in the new development goals. Within the frame of this conference, we will push this discussion further.

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Conference Program

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Background Reading

Conference delegates are encouraged to read the following background papers as a primer to the conference. 

Migration Policy Practice "Special issue: Migration Outlook for 2015" (Vol. IV, Number 5, December 2014–January 2015). International Organization for Migration

Conference Information Guide

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Lecture Theatre 6 (2nd Floor)

Cheng Yu Tung Building

The Chinese University of Hong Kong 


The official hotel of the WUN Conference & AGM 2015 is the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin. This hotel is ideally located adjacent to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where the majority of meetings and events will take place.

WUN participants who book before 15 April 2015 will get a harbour-view room with breakfast included at a rate of HK$1420 per night. Download the accommodation booking form.

For more information on visiting Hong Kong, visit Discover Hong Kong.  

Conference Convenors 

Professor Dawn Freshwater, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, The University of Western Australia.

Professor Hildegard Schneider, Dean of Law, Maastricht University.

For further information, please contact Natasja Reslow, Maastricht University. 

Conference Presentations


Professor Frank Laczko - Migration and the development data revolution.

Understanding Cultures - Migration & Identity

Professor Stephen Castles - Migration and culture. A challenge for Asian nations in an era of transnationalism.

Associate Professor Nicholas Harney - The art of dis-integration. Migrants and sociality in neoliberal times.

Professor Qiaobing Wu -What Really Matters? Who You Are, Where You Live, or What You HaveProf

Public Health - Health of Migrants

Professor Huso Yi - Migrants and Health in Hong Kong, and Its Neighbouring Countries: Putting It in the Context Global Health Justice and Ethics.

Associate Professor Melissa Siegel - Understanding the linkages between migration and health: An overview.

Professor Loretta Baldassar - Who Cares? The unintended consequences of migration policy.

Responding to Climate Change - Climate change impacts on habitation

Professor Susan Parnell - Sub-Saharan African urbanisation and global environmental change.

Global Higher Education & Research - Global Talent Flows

Mr Ben Wildavsky - Mobility and the global university ecosystem.

Dr Metka Hercog - What’s the best place for me? Choice of a destination country for the highly skilled.

Closing session

Associate Professor Melissa Siegel - Migration in the post-2015 development agenda.

Associated Research Groups