Changing Routes 2017

On 20th of June, at World Refugee Day, we invite you to join us in the first annual meeting ‘Changing routes'. During this meeting we will explore what the challenges are in dealing with present and future global migration streams. The aim of the meeting is to work on joint actions and build new coalitions.

To explore solutions for global migration streams

In the past decade, global displacement due to sudden (natural) disasters and crises and slow on-set events, has reached record levels. Numbers will increase even further, also because of ongoing climate change and related extreme natural events. One important question for the future is whether existing systems and structures in emergency assistance and disaster relief are able to cope with this development.

The complex challenges related to migration streams will benefit from an integrated, holistic approach. Combining different fields of expertise, that address cross-cutting themes, such as Climate Change, Sustainability, Environment, Security and Health. Together with you, we want to make a start in putting science into action and work towards long lasting positive impact, for the hosting communities and the displaced persons.

We invite you to share your thoughts and build with us the first outlines of a shared knowledge agenda with concrete coalitions and actions.

Preliminary program
13.00 13.30 Welcome and registration
13.30 14.30 Opening session with keynote speeches from:
Bram de Vos Managing Director Environmental Sciences Group Wageningen University & Research
Jelte van Wieren Director for Stability & Humanitarian Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ehab Jayyousi WASH Projects Coordinator International Relief & Development (IRD)
14.30 15.00 Coffee break
15.00 16.15 Workshop sessions
Climate change migration
Hosting refugees
Boosting innovation/connectivity
16.15 Closing session
16.30 17.00 Network drink

Organising team

Marian Stuiver, Program Leader Metropolitan Solutions
Bertram de Rooij, Researcher
Linda Hendriksen, Assistant
Francine Loos, Communications Officer


Deltares, Relief Base 31, Universiteit Twente, Planetary Security Initiative (PSI).