The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the contribution of migration to sustainable development. Migration is a cross-cutting issue in the 2030 Agenda, with ten out of 17 goals containing targets and indicators directly relevant to migration or mobility. Despite the attention given to migration, and its inscription in promises of “leaving no one behind”, migration remains a contentious issue with rules for mobility that are selective and in function of national or regional interests.

In this series, we take a closer look at some of these contradictions. We explore how politics and understandings of migration are often inscribed in intentional discourses of ‘othering’ and dehumanization. We focus on the role that commodities play, such as cheap labor, talent (brain drain) and access to natural resources. We also discuss precarity and deep asymmetries among people who are denied mobility and are vulnerable to illegality, incarceration and to climate change.

Schedule academic year 2022-23 

  • Migration and climate justice (Tuesday 22 November)  🎞️ Rewatch this debate (only UAntwerpen staff/students)
    • François Gemenne, senior researcher at The Hugo Observatory, Liège University
    • Alberto Ares, director of Jesuit Refugee Service Europe
    • Stephanie Collingwood Williams, social worker and climate activist
    • Lore Van Praag, senior researcher at the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies
  • Displacement of indigenous communities (Tuesday 29 November) 🎞️ Rewatch this debate (only UAntwerpen staff/students)
    • Anexa B. Alfred-Cunningham, Lawyer and Expert in Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples
    • Mary Ann Manahan, Conflict Research Group, Ghent University
    • Alder Contreras Hernández , PhD researcher and academic assistant at the Institute of Development Policy