Valentina Mazzucato gives UM STARS Alumni Lecture
On 2 February 2017, professor Valentina Mazzucato gave a UM Star Lecture in Berlin, Germany, titled ‘Migration and the well-being of families: Why Europe should care’. The UM Star Lectures, the annual lecture series for alumni of Maastricht University, took place in 13 different cities in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and the United Kingdom. In total, more than 900 alumni attended the lectures.
Migration is often talked about in economic or political terms, yet migration has far reaching consequences for families and their well-being. As the basic building block of society, healthy families are important to foster. Most global migration entails the separation of family members when some members migrate and others stay behind, creating transnational families. What does this separation entail for family members and how does it affect the way they are able to function as a family? This lecture focuses on African migration to Europe and asks the question how do European migration policies influence the ways transnational migrant families fare.