Panel discussion on "From Migrations of the past to migrants today"

This panel discussion will focus on the specific theme of “migrants before they become migrants” drawing on the recent “Museum Manifesto / Migrations,” published by the National Museum of Natural History. This meeting is co-organized with the association Matins du Soleil, which has been working on helping individuals at risk of being exiled in the richest countries, since 2008. It will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, in Room IV, on 3 december 2019.

The aim is thus to enrich and scale the approach of helping people to have higher quality of life in their home countries, and to fight against the illusion of the departure and the drama – as well as its political exploitation – experienced by many migrants in loss of economic, social, and cultural references.

Humans have always been on the move – by necessity, curiosity, by force or voluntarily.

Migration opens up a multitude of opportunities for individuals and countries. It represents access to employment, the ability to develop skills and qualifications, and an improved quality of life.

For both the countries of origin and destination, migration is an enabler for improvement, development, as well as openness. However, migration is also characterized by enormous inequalities and significant human rights abuses.

Leveraging a scientific, economic, and humanistic approach, and looking beyond the political management of migrants, it is the prevention of this "wild exile" that must be addressed today, as the consequences can often be fatal, and the treatment of migrants uncertain.

With the participation of :

Evelyne Heyer, general scientific curator at the Musée de l'Homme
Hubert Védrine, former Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Sidibe Mahawa Haidara, Head of the National Migration Policy Monitoring Unit at the Ministry of Foreign Malians and African Integration

Serge Moati, director and producer of films and television, former image advisor TV of François Mitterrand

Florence Boyer, researcher at the Institute for Development Research - URMIS, associate researcher with GERMS - UAM Niamey


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 03.12.2019 14:30 local time
End 03.12.2019 17:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Crowley, John
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Camille Guinet,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room IV
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
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