Panel discussion

Beyond Recovery: A Post-COVID-19 Socio-Economic Response for Migrants and their Communities

Join ILO, UNDP, UNU-MERIT for a discussion on integrating migrants into COVID-19 responses and recovery plans.

With the right policies in place, migrants can play a major role in recovery plans for countries emerging from the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Socio-economic (re)integration and social cohesion are key to fostering positive development outcomes in countries of origin, transit and destination. While COVID-19 is still at peak levels in many countries, it is timely to consider how this can be addressed in the near and longer term.

In this GFMD side event, participants will share practices that address the needs and vulnerabilities of migrants and their communities, but also build on their skills, knowledge and expertise to help recover and rebuild.


Opening remarks

Panel discussion:

  • ModeratorsMs. Michelle Leighton, Chief, Labour Migration Branch, ILO and Mr. David Khoudour, Regional Migration Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP


  • Mr. Lucas Gómez, Advisor on the Colombia-Venezuela Border, Presidency of Colombia
  • Mr. Kristof Tamas, Senior Adviser, Swedish Ministry of Justice
  • Ms. Katrin Marchand, UN University-MERIT & Maastricht Graduate School of Governance
  • Mr. Francesco Carella, Regional Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, ILO
Interpretation in English and Spanish will be available.

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