27/03/2018 Migration Seminar by Jessica Hagen-Zanker

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Date(s) - 27/03/18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

UNU-Merit, Boschstraat 24, Maastricht (Conference room 0.16-0.17)


The migration seminar series is offered jointly by MGSoG/UNU-MERIT in collaboration with MACIMIDE, and features researchers and practitioners whose work addresses human mobility.

Jessica Hagen-Zanker (ODI) will present “Migration and the 2030 Agenda”. The seminar will be held from 12:00-13:00 (March 27) in the UNU-MERIT building at Boschstraat 24 in room 0.16/17. A sandwich lunch will be provided.


Migration is one of the defining features of the 21st century. It contributes significantly to all aspects of economic and social development everywhere, and as such will be key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But migration can also negatively impact development, and though the relationship between the two is increasingly recognised, it remains under-explored. We must ensure migration contributes to positive development outcomes and, ultimately, to realising the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the ‘2030 Agenda’). To do this, we need to understand the impact of migration on the achievement of all SDGs, and – equally – the impact this achievement will have on future migration patterns. This presentation collates, and draws out key findings from, a series of eight ODI policy briefings which analyse the interrelationship between migration and key development areas. Each briefing explores how the links between migration and these different development issues affect the achievement of the SDGs, and offers pragmatic recommendations to incorporate migration into the 2030 Agenda to ensure it contributes to positive development outcomes. Speaker biography: Jessica Hagen-Zanker is a Research Fellow leading ODI’s migration research. Jessica’s research has focused on understanding how migration and other policies affect migrant decision-making, impacts of migration on migrants and their families, the interlinkages between migration and social protection, and remittances, covering a diverse range of countries, including Albania, Ethiopia and Nepal. She also has extensive experience in the design and analysis of household surveys, conducting systematic literature reviews and the analysis of social protection programmes and policies. Jessica holds a PhD in Public Policy from Maastricht University.