Oxfam helped organize "Migration Bridges in Eurasia" Forum with MGIMO University
On 28 and 29 November 2017 international forum "Migration bridges in Eurasia" is taking place in Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) with the support from Oxfam in the Russian Federation, Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Bureau of the International Organization for Migration in Moscow, United Nations Population Fund in Belarus and The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. The 9th "Migration Bridges" focuses on models of effective migration management in the context of the development of the Eurasian integration project. Academics from 26 countries, representatives of non-for profit organizations and governmental institutions such as Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East, Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs and Commission on Migration at the Presidential Council on ethnic affairs took part in the forum.
Tatiana Intigrinova, Policy Advisor, Acting Head of Office of Oxfam in the Russian Federation addressed the forum participants at the opening session. Tatiana expressed gratitude towards MGIMO University and other co-organizers of the forum for their contribution to shaping and enriching discourse on migration in Russia and Eurasian countries. Tatiana also stressed that "Migration bridges" is the right platform to discuss the issue of impact of climate change on forced migration. She quoted the latest research paper prepared by Oxfam ahead of COP 23 in Bonn "Uprooted by climate change", which states that 22 million people globally had to move to different parts of their countries as a result of climate change.
"Global climate change as a driver of forced migration is of tantamount significance, and mitigation measures has to be coordinated at international, regional and national levels. These measures should target root causes of climate change, contribute to building resilience, and at the same time they shall ensure safe and dignified routes for those who have been forced to leave their homes as the result of climate change. I very much hope that "Migration bridges" will become a platform where the discussions on the mitigation measures of this global phenomena will be held" - stated Tatiana.
Forum experts shared the latest research findings in the field of migration and demography iin Russia, and countries of Eurasia, as well as Europe, Asia and Latin America. International Youth Forum held its sessions on migration and passport-visa diplomacy in Eurasia under the umbrella of "Migration bridges" forum.