Video On Demand

The Perils and Possibilities of Using Technology for Migration Management

May 18, 2022 • 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT

Please join the CSIS Project on Fragility and Mobility and the Human Rights Initiative on May 18th 3 p.m. EST, for a discussion about the potential benefits and risks of using technology in migration management. Over the last nine years, conflict and state fragility have triggered an increase in global displacement: 82.4 million people at the end of 2020. The total number of international migrants is several orders of magnitude higher. Technological “solutions” are increasingly being used to manage unprecedented levels of human mobility quicker and more efficiently. Humanitarian organizations, civil society groups, and governments are leveraging digital tools as cost-effective means to deliver assistance, automate processing, and predict future migration trends. Digital connectivity also enables migrants to access information, resources, financing, and social networks essential to their safety and autonomy. At the same time, there are growing concerns about the human rights implications of expanded use of artificial intelligence, biometrics, and digital ID related to data protection and privacy, informed consent, and automation bias.

This discussion is a virtual side event as part of the UN International Migration Review Forum.

Event Partners


Senior Fellow and Director, CSIS Project on Fragility and Mobility

Jessica Bither

Senior Expert on Migration, Robert Bosch Stiftung

Petra Molnar

Associate Director, Refugee Law Lab

Santiago Narváez

Investigator/Researcher, R3D (Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitale)