May 29th 2017

UN draws on MCI expertise

The Entrepreneurial School® contributes to UN Global Compact for Migration: Professor Belachew Gebrewold, MCI Head of Department & Studies, visits United Nations University as an expert on migration

MCI has a reason to celebrate: the Entrepreneurial School® has just been accredited as a member of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact for Migration.* The Compact is a voluntary initiative of the UN and selected organizations of member states to protect and maintain the rights of refugees.

MCI has received accreditation by the UN General Assembly to participate in the UN Global Compact on Migration based on its relevant expertise and research experience in the field of international migration. In addition, MCI Professor Belachew Gebrewold has been appointed to support the United Nations in developing a concept for the UN Global Compact for Migration, an international agreement which requires a high level of commitment of all member states.

Just recently, Head of Department & Studies Belachew Gebrewold was invited to the United Nations University, New York to give a lecture in front of diplomatic representatives and leaders of NGOs of the different member states. In his lecture on the topic of “Rising right wing populism and migration in Europe” he analyzed the flow of refugees in Europe, which has continued since 2015, and the reaction of European member states from the first phase of euphoria to growing skepticism and emerging populist movements.

On May 30, 2017, Professor Gebrewold will deliver an additional lecture at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility, Barcelona, titled “From sub-Saharan Africa to the Mediterranean: understanding migrants’ decisions for an improved global governance of migration”.

“The involvement of MCI in this international dialog is further proof of the school’s international standing,” as MCI Rector Andreas Altmann expresses his delight: “I congratulate my colleague, Belachew Gebrewold, and the team of the Department of Social Work, whose commitment is highly appreciated.”

Further information:

Professor Belachew Gebrewold as UN lecturer:
“The rise of xenophobic nationalist politics and policy implications for migrants”

Press contact
Mag.(FH) Ulrike Fuchs
+43 512 2070-1527

*The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (A/71/1), as adopted by the UN General Assembly in the context of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, provides the foundation for the recently initiated two-year preparatory process leading up to the adoption of the compact. In this declaration, the UN member states agreed to commit themselves to the development of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, which will be adopted as part of an intergovernmental conference on international migration in 2018.