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International Conference

Origins of population displacement

München, 10/06/2016

A conference organized by Center for International Health at LMU, to be held in Berlin on October 19-20, 2016, will focus on the underlying causes of forced migration.

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According to data collected by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 65 million people are now refugees, most of them within the borders of their own countries. Many have been displaced by violence and war, poverty and hunger. Ecological considerations, environmental degradation and climate-driven disasters, as well as lack of economic opportunity, are also among the factors that have compelled millions to leave their homes.

LMU’s Center for International Health (CIH) has organized an international conference on the causes of mass displacement, which focuses on the latter cluster of forces. The meeting, entitled “Forced Migration – Environmental and Socioeconomic Dimensions”, takes place in Berlin on October 19-20, 2016. The speakers will present the results of their research into the factors that have led to the involuntary migration of tens of millions. In addition, the problematical living conditions in the camps in which many refugees now live, and the challenges associated with ensuring that they are properly looked after, will be elucidated and discussed.

The CIH is one of the five university-based centers in Germany that work together with 37 international partners in developing countries in the program “exceed – Higher Education Excellence in Developmental Cooperation”, which was set up to design and support measures that can contribute to the attainment of the UN’s Millennium Goals. The program is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, which is working to combat forced migration by ameliorating the socioeconomic conditions that motivate much of it. Thus, giving populations a long-term economic perspective promises to mitigate some of the pressures currently driving so many people to migrate.

The goal of the studies carried out under the auspices of the “exceed” program is to define the basic causes of poverty and malnutrition with a view to – among other things – improving health services and protecting the natural resources of developing countries. In addition to the CIH at LMU, the International Network on Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries (Technical University of Braunschweig), the Center for Natural Resources and Development (Cologne University of Applied Sciences), the Food Security Center at the University of Hohenheim and the International Center for Development and Decent Work at the University of Kassel contribute to the “exceed” program.

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