Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger will host a public lecture titled "A Global Framework for International Migration," featuring Jan O. Karlsson, co-chair of the United Nations Global Commission on International Migration. Karlsson is also the former Swedish minister of development cooperation, migration and asylum policy, and former acting minister of foreign affairs.
Throughout the world, migration is considered primarily a matter of individual national policy and national membership as the most sovereign of state functions. Yet today, more than 175 million people live outside their place of birth. The rapid rise in global migration suggests the need for increased international cooperation among these migrants and the countries they exit, transit or settle. Karlsson will discuss this growing global policy issue and the necessity of balancing the interests of migrants and governmental concerns.
This event is free and open to the public. President Bollinger will provide an introduction. For more information, contact Katherine Moore at (212) 854-5573.
116 th & Broadway (Entrance for press)
Low Library Rotunda
Tuesday, Jan. 18
About the Global Commission on International Migration
The Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM) is an independent body composed of 19 commissioners and launched by the U.N. Secretary-General to raise international migration to the top of the United Nations and world community agendas.