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High-Level Panel on Migration and Structural Transformation in Africa
25 September 2018
12:00 - 14:00, Conference Room IV, UN Headquarters
New York, United States of America

Key Issues

High-Level Panel on Migration and Structural Transformation in Africa

The outflow of migrants from Africa to other regions, and particularly to Europe, features prominently in the media and garners significant consideration from the research community. Intra-African migration, however, has received little attention. This is the case despite an estimated 53 per cent of migration in Africa occurs intra-regionally.

From an economic perspective, the assumption is that migration is driven by a mismatch between population growth and availability of resources and opportunities.

To be well understood, however, the actual drivers, as well as costs and benefits, of migration flows in Africa must remain subject to analytical scrutiny. Pioneering work on this issue is at the heart of the UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa Report 2018: Migration for Structural Transformation.

Against this backdrop and negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, this high-level event is timely for the international community, particularly in the context of advancing implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063.


The main purpose of the high-level event is to provide a platform to raise awareness and discuss how to maximize the economic and developmental impacts of migration in Africa. The high-level event will further seek to foster integrated policies and strategies, deepen cooperation and partnerships, and enhance support for African efforts to use migration management to strengthen the pooling of resources under humanitarian, environmental, security and development efforts and ensure the continent’s structural transformation is economically sustainable.


The high-level panel event will bring together high-level officials from various organizations working on migration, trade, economic development, peace and security, including representatives of African Member States, the African Union, African regional economic communities, the European Union, civil society organizations, the United Nations system, international partners and academia, as well as members of the media.


Due to limited seating available, a special pass will be needed to attend the event. Please RSVP to UNCTADNY1@un.org, with your name and contact information to ensure that a pass is made available.

Speakers' List

If your Delegation wishes to take the floor, kindly RSVP to UNCTADNY1@un.org, including the name and title of the speakers. Delegates are asked to limit their remarks to three minutes.

Simultaneous interpretation in English and French will be provided during the event.


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Co-organized with:The high-level panel is co-organized by the Governments of Morocco and Rwanda and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Language(s):English; French;
Mr. Junior R. Davis
Ms. Lisa Borgatti
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Government of Rwanda






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