Migration and Development Series no7: Trump, Migration, and Development

Published Date: 
Monday, May 22, 2017

The Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) jointly presented the seventh instalment in the Migration and Development Debate Series:

Trump, Migration, and Development: The implications of the US migration policy changes for development cooperation

When: Tuesday, May 16th 2017, 16:00-18:00

Welcome remarks:

Ilse Hahn, Head of division 320, Policy Issues of Displacement and Migration, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Sönke Lorenz, Head of GFMD Task Force, Federal Foreign Office

Speaker: Philip Martin, Professor Emeritus, University of California-Davis, USA

Discussant: Frank Laczko, Director, IOM´s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre

Facilitation: Jessica Bither, Program Officer, Europe Program, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Berlin

About: The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States signalled challenges for migration and development related questions. President Trump issued three executive orders during his first week in office, setting in motion plans to build a wall on the Mexico-US border, increasing deportations of unauthorized foreigners, and reducing refugee admissions. 

In the field of international cooperation and development, the new administration withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership comprising the US, Japan, and 10 other countries that collectively account for 40 percent of world GDP and a third of world trade. In February 2017 he proposed a 340 per cent reduction in the USD30 billion a year foreign aid budget, in part to increase military spending by USD54 billion. USAID, which currently operates in 100 countries, may close a third of its field missions.

The debate will address the following questions: 

  • What does the re-orientation of US policy on migration and development mean for the global (migration) governance and the US position in multilateral processes?
  • To what extent will the new US policy influence global processes such as the formulation of the Global Migration Compact and the Global Forum on Migration and Development?
  • In how far will the re-orientation (cut in development aid) influence the relation with other donors? What does it mean for donor coordination?

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