Challenging Society Sessions: Global Migration - critical issue or grand illusion?

With Prof. Ronald Skeldon

14Nov2017 19:30 - 21:00


Images of people washed ashore, who did not survive the crossing, evoke great pity at first sight. However, when a new refugee centre is going to be opened around the corner, this often meets resistance among local residents. On 14 November, keynote speaker Prof. Ronald Skeldon and a UvA scientist (to be announced) will be challenged to answer the question 'Global Migration: critical issue or grand illusion?'

Dynamic programme

Moderator Tracy Metz will invite a yet-to-be-announced UvA scientist to critically reflect on Skeldon’s argument. Tracy will lead both speakers to a challenging discussion on the paradoxes within the theme of global migration. The audience will subsequently be asked to participate in the discussion, stimulated by propositions, video fragments, and other interludes, prepared by students.

Which questions do you have?

Share critical questions with us that you would like to see answered during this evening. A team of students will collect these questions to draw up a number of propositions for the speakers and the audience. You can send your question directly when registering for this evening.

Register now for the ‘Global Migration’ session

This unique evening is being organised as part of the Challenging Society series, in connection with the University of Amsterdam's 385th anniversary. Come to the Aula on 14 November, from 19:30, for the latest insights into this topical subject. Sign up here:


About the speakers

Our keynote speaker this evening is Prof. Ronald Skeldon. He is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Geography at the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. His latest research and publications have focused on circular migration, the impact of the financial crisis and migration and climate change. In addition to this, Prof. Skeldon works as a consultant to several international organisations, like the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Population Division (UNDP).

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