Prof. James F. Hollifield at Euromed University in Fez: “Challenge of forced migration and human displacement”


Migration governance, human displacement, forced migration, global humanitarian crisis and many other issues at the heart of the conference given by Prof. James Frank Hollifield, under the auspices of the UEMF Alliance of Civilizations Chair created by the United Nations .

Euromed University in Fez welcomed, on May 30, 2024, Professor James F. Hollifield who gave an enlightening lecture on migration governance and global humanitarian crises. A prominent member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York and a recognized expert in the field of migration, Professor Hollifield brought his expertise and insights on migration governance.

It should be remembered that Mr. Hollifield holds the “Ora Nixon Arnold Chair in International Political Economy” and Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. Prof. Hollifield has devoted much of his writing to issues relating to aspects of political and economic development, with particular attention given to migratory movements, and he has worked as an advisor to various governments in North and South America, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has also served as a consultant to numerous international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Union, the OECD and the Organization of American States. During this conference, Professor Hollifield shared his thoughts on this pressing issue, providing insightful insight into the global humanitarian crisis linked to forced migration by addressing issues related to the complexity of migration policies and the dilemmas of governance and the management of this social phenomenon. Drawing on his experience as an advisor to governments in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as his contribution as a consultant to various international organizations, Mr. Hollifield brought a unique perspective and valuable expertise to this academic discussion.

» Forced migration continues to increase across the world, affecting regions as diverse as the Moroccan borders, the southwest United States and the Mediterranean coasts. In this context, States face a complex challenge: how to balance their security imperative with their duty to protect the human rights of displaced people, asylum seekers and migrants in general? » said Mr. Hollifield during this meeting. This conference was a unique opportunity for our students and teacher-researchers to understand the complex issues linked to forced migration and human displacement and also an opportunity to promote constructive dialogue on how States can respond effectively and ethically to these major challenges.

This meeting, which enriches the Activities of the Alliance of Civilizations Chair at the Euromed University of Fez, is part of a series of large-scale events held within the UEMF aimed at strengthening the dynamic intellectual and stimulate the thinking of young students at the Euromed University of Fez.

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