Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
date: june 2012
On 4-5 June 2012 The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration welcomed more than 200 participants to its Global Hearing on Refugees and Migration at the Peace Palace in The Hague, to discuss pressing issues in refugee and migration policy.
They came from over 60 different states and from all continents. National, regional and local government, business, the private sector, trade unions, cities, international organizations, NGOs, civil society, faith groups, academia, and the media were all represented. In plenary sessions and working groups, the participants identified challenges, discussed innovative solutions, and considered the full range of relevant actors and perspectives, focusing on five key themes:
– the impact of future demographic changes related to labour migration and refugees;
– political and social changes;
– the impact of the global economy;
– the urbanisation of displaced people; and
– the impact of environmental and climate change on human mobility.
The discussions encompassed internal and international migration and included asylum seekers, refugees, and internally displaced persons. Participants confirmed the belief that among a proliferation of seminars, conferences, and events on migration and related issues, The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration maintained and reinforced its unique value at this meeting. It engaged stakeholders who rarely speak directly to one another; it deliberately went beyond traditional boundaries in considering the full range of people on the move around the world; it included voices from the North and South and provided a unique forum for honest and frank exchange which gives The Hague Process the legitimacy to propose an updated agenda on migration and refugees.
Messages to the Global Hearing
The Hague Process received the following messages to the Global Hearing 2012:
- HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (video)
- Former UNSG Kofi Annan (text)
- Enrique Iglesias, SG of the Ibero-American Cooperation Secretariat (text)
- Gerd Leers, outgoing Netherlands Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy (text)
- Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs (text)
- Peter Schatzer, Chief of Staff, International Organization for Migration (text)
- Peter Sutherland, UN Special Representative for Migration and Development (text)
- Mayor Jozias Van Aartsen of the City of The Hague (text)
Reflections on the Global Hearing 2012
View more video reflections on You-Tube.