The 8th Global China Research Programme Working Seminar: A Century of Migrations and Global Political Uncertainties

By Prof. Fatos Tarifa | 20 October 2017 | The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Co-organized with the Research Centre on Migration and Mobility, CUHK, the 8th Global China Research Programme Working Seminar was held on 20 October 2017; Prof. Ying-yi Hong, Co-Convenor of the GCR, moderated the Seminar.

Prof. Fatos Tarifa received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also the Fellow and past President of the Albanian Academy of Arts and Sciences, and former Albanian Ambassador to the Netherlands and the United States. Prof. Tarifa’s research interests cover political sociology, social and cultural change, sociology of education, geopolitics, comparative foreign policy, modernity and globalization. Prof. Tarifa has authored, co-authored and edited 45 books and 100 peered-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

In his presentation, Prof. Tarifa examined some global challenges in terms of their demographic, political, economic, social, cultural, technological, and environmental aspects. These challenges have been or will be triggered by current and future waves of global migration and, more generally, by a tectonic shift in the global population. Prof. Tarifa stated that this century is likely to be one of vast migrations, with tens of millions of people moving permanently from South to North and from East to West. Although the scale and full consequences of such demographic shifts cannot yet be measured, a number of possible unintentional and undesirable outcomes can be imagined.

In the Seminar it was also explained that some well-intended and ambitious development projects, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, could trigger unexpected outcomes, such as those affecting China-Russia relations. Twenty-two scholars, researchers, and students attended the Seminar.