Migration in the Post-Pandemic World

H.E. António Vitorino, Director General International Organization for Migration, United Nations

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The Colloquia on Science Diplomacy organized by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the International Organizations and Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Italy, promotes the values of Diplomacy and Science in international relations as fundamental principles to be pursued in the modus operandi and the modus vivendi of modern society. In the Colloquia the most important personalities of world institutions and the presidents of the most prestigious academies will discuss various topics and future developments of interest for the international community.
The Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei has presented the Special Event “Migration in the Post-Pandemic World” by H.E. António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (United Nations), which has taken place at the Colloquia on September 27th, 2022, at 4 pm CEST. 
The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented halt to cross-border mobility: it left families separated, migrant workers stranded, and airports silent throughout much of 2020 and 2021. While travel restrictions have now reduced across much – but not all -- of the world, the impacts for people on the move – migrants, refugees, and displaced persons -- persist. The uneven treatment of many migrants during the pandemic – excluded from access to services, including vaccination, despite continued contributions in essential sectors supporting communities, including agriculture, health, and food delivery – has deepened inequalities, from which it may take years to recover.
H.E. António Vitorino has highlighted some of the main impacts and concerns generated by the pandemic from a migration perspective, and to which the International Organization for Migration continues to respond. He has offered some insight as to what the pandemic has taught us about migration, and how it may impact how people move in the coming years. He has also offered his view on other factors that may affect future mobility, from economic fragility and cost of living, and multiple, overlapping humanitarian crises, to the longer-term impacts of shifting demographics, climate change, and changing labour market demands.
The welcome speech has been delivered by Prof. Roberto Antonelli, President of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.
The Lectio Magistralis of H.E. António Vitorino has been introduced by H.E. Plen. Min. Luigi Maria Vignali, Director General for Migration Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and has been followed by a Round Table, moderated by Prof. Wolfango Plastino, Chair of the Colloquia on Science Diplomacy, which has been attended by Prof. José Luís Cardoso, President of the Academy of Sciences (Portugal) and Prof. Giorgio Parisi, past President of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and Nobel Laureate in Physics.