Sustainable migration from poor to rich countries – Towards a new refugee and migration system (2018)

The refugee crisis of 2015, and difficulties agreeing on effective measures, has provided added momentum for debating the current refugee and migration system.

In public discourse across Europe, policy-makers, researchers and others are addressing the challenges and sustainability of today’s migration. There is a growing call for a more holistic and sustainable approach to migration policy, which also addresses analysis of the long-term consequences for individuals, societies and states affected. The aim of the conference is to present and discuss a framework for understanding sustainable migration, which may help guide and inform governments and elected politicians.


Programme for the conference (pdf, 477 kB)

Presentation of the speakers (pdf, 672 kB)

Video of the conference: This video is no longer available.

Presentations and documents

Notes from the Conference (pdf, 324 kB)

Terje Sjeggestad: Welcome and closing remarks (pdf, 465 kB)

Tor Mikkel Ware: "Callenges" (pdf, 231 kB)

Jørgen Carling: Defining sustainable migration  (pdf, 1,4 MB)

Øyvind Jaer: Collier og Betts’ model for et nytt flyktningesystem (external website)

Alexander Betts and Paul Collier:  Sustainable Migration – A Framework for Responding to Migration from Poor to Rich Countries (pdf, 2,5 MB)

Alexander Betts and Paul Collier: Sustainable Migration Framework (pdf, 1,0 MB)

Grete Brochmann: Comments on Betts and Collier’s Framework (pdf, 617 kB)

Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen: Comments on “Sustainable Refuge” (pdf, 457 kB)

Marta Bivand Erdal, Jørgen Carling, Cindy Horst and Catrine Talleraas: Defining Sustainable Migration (pdf, 1,1 MB)

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