On 2-3 April, Maastricht University hosted the World University’s Network Second Annual Migration Conference. This was a great event bringing together scholars from across the WUN network from around the world. A great moment in the overall conference was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between IOM and WUN to share information and data on migration.
Together with Ann Singleton, I co-organized one of the panel themes on forced, hidden and irregular migration. These sessions explored issues such as the role of social media in migration and settlement experiences by Saskia Witteborn, adolescent girls migration in Ethiopia by Marina de Regt, and the challenges of elderly migrant parents left behind by their children that migrate onwards from New Zealand by Hong-Jae Park. These sessions revealed some of the key forms of migration that are hidden from the current research and policy agenda.
Ann Singleton will lead the way to move forward with the research agenda on hidden migration within the WUN network. This new network will explore the constructive and destructive transformations and their impact on human mobility.