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Presentation of the Mixed Migration Review 2019
Tirsdag 14 Januar 2020, 14:00 - 16:00


Mixed migration futures: Highlights. Interviews. Essays. Data.


“Feet on today’s ground but sights on tomorrow’s futures”


Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 14:00 – 16:00 at the Danish Refugee Council, Borgergade 10, 5th floor, Copenhagen


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The event is hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danish Refugee Council and Mixed Migration Center.


We live in tumultuous times and we are all increasingly aware of the future with its promises and challenges. Sometimes it seems we are bracing ourselves for the simultaneous but contradictory impact of population rise and population decline, in a context where resources are under pressures and the effects of climate change are already being felt. Meanwhile technological advances and the prospect of increased artificial intelligence and automations seems to be challenging the very notion of future workplace and the role of work in our societies.


But what of migration, refugees, mixed migration and irregular mobility? What does the future hold in terms of future labour migration and asylum space, considering the shift towards increased nationalism and moves against multinationalism at a time when the world most needs coherent joint approaches to global problems? How will the issues of displacement and forced migration be affected by inequality, poor governance, environmental stressors and the international community’s response? How will new technological advances and artificial intelligence impact migration management and the asylum space? Can we realistically predict or forecast what the future trends will be?


This year’s Mixed Migration Review (MMR 2019) offers updates on global mixed migration trends and policy events while examining future trends and expectations in a wide range of sectors and the impact on mixed migration. Through essays and interviews with leading experts and thought leaders the MMR 2019 offers a detailed analysis of the nexus between future global developments and mixed migration.


14:00 – 14:20: Welcoming and opening remarks

  • Charlotte Slente, Secretary General, Danish Refugee Council
  • Ib Petersen, Head of Dept. for Migration, Stabilization and Fragility, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Bram Frouws, Head of the Mixed Migration Centre


14:20 – 15:30: Presentation and panel debate including 2 selected topics of the MMR 2019


Presenter: Chris Horwood, MMC Senior Advisor and principal author of the MMR 2019



  • Miriam Cullen, Assistant Professor of Climate and Migration Law at Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
  • Peter Svarre, Author, Expert speaker, Cand.scient.pol University of Copenhagen and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University
  • Moderator: Nynne Bjerre Christensen, journalist,




Artificial intelligence and automation: AI and automation are making giant leaps forward and are expected to impact several aspects of our future societies. How will AI and automation affect future migration? What will be the impact on labour market dynamics? What will be the implications for protection of people migrating? And what impact will AI and the use of drones have on securitization of borders?


Climate change & mixed migration:
Changes and environmental stressors affecting human populations and mobility are well underway and are a key element of future migration scenarios. What impact will climate change have on displacement and migration levels nationally and internationally in the future? How will people move? And what will be the legal status and possibilities for protection of people displaced by climate change?


15:30 – 16:00: Reception

About the panelists

Miriam Cullen

Miriam is Assistant Professor of Climate and Migration Law at Copenhagen University. She sits on the Advisory Committee to the Platform on Disaster Displacement and heads the Nordic Network on Climate Induced Displacement. Her current research is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and examines international legal protections for people displaced in whole or in part for climate related reasons.


Peter Svarre

Peter is Cand.scient.pol. from University of Copenhagen and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York. He has worked on the front lines of the technology industry for more than twenty years and presently he is touring the world with his book [What to do with human kind?] “Hvad skal vi med mennesker?” on ethical, political and societal consequences of artificial intelligence. He has always written and debated about technology and the future in media such as Kommunikationsforum, Politiken and Berlingske.


Nynne Bjerre Christensen

Nynne Bjerre Christensen is a journalist, educated at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 1999 and a Master in European Studies from King’s College in London in 2003. She has worked as a freelancer for several years for among others PRESS, The European Commission and Berlingske Tidende. She has reported from conflict and post-conflict areas such as Lebanon, Sri Lanka and the Kurdish part of Turkey. She was a host at Deadline, DR2 during the period from 2005 to 2017.