HHH Schwartz speaking at InterAction Forum 2017 on Changing Dynamics of Migration


Tuesday, June 20 - Afternoon Plenary

In 2015, the number of international migrants worldwide, or people residing in a country other than their country of birth, reached its highest ever recorded level, 244 million people. Sixty million of these people were forced from their homes by war or natural hazards, the greatest forced population displacement since World War II. The movements of these populations have been met with the growing rhetoric of populism, nationalism and xenophobia across the world. This plenary session will examine the reasons behind the increase in migrants, the challenges presented to governments and civil society by this mass movement of people, and the best practices for maintaining a culture of tolerance and acceptance.    

 Eric Schwartz is the incoming President of Refugees International, transitioning in June from his post as Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, until October 2011, he was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration. Mr. Schwartz has also served as the United Nations Secretary General’s Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, and as Chief of Office in Geneva for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. From 1993 until 2001, he was on the staff of the National Security Council, ultimately as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs. Earlier in his career, he served as Washington Director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch. He received a B.A. from Binghamton University, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. 
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