Rethinking Migration: Challenge or Opportunity?

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  • Date: Thu, Jul 29 2021, 10:00 - 11:00am (10:00 - 11:00am)
  • Location: Online
  • Event Type: Online
  • Organizations: SCALE


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Join SCALE for an armchair chat, as practitioners and researchers question assumptions about economic migration and its role in programming

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and climate crisis have shown us that now more than ever, a new understanding and approach to migration is necessary. News stories of migrants stranded after COVID lockdowns and the growing recognition of a link between climate change and increased migration are pushing us to re-evaluate immigration and migration management strategies.

A few partners of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance have turned the issue on its head, starting with the premise that migration is not a problem to be solved but rather a solution that people seek to improve their income security both on and off-farm.

Is this time of crisis in fact a moment of reckoning? An opportunity for development actors and governments to deeply question their assumptions about migration and development and explore a more coherent way forward? We'll discuss examples from Guatemala, Nepal, Niger, and Zimbabwe.


SCALE is an initiative funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) to enhance the impact, sustainability, and scalability of BHA-funded agriculture, natural resource management, and livelihoods activities in emergency and non-emergency contexts. SCALE is implemented by Mercy Corps in collaboration with Save the Children. Learn more about SCALE at