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Kazakhstan Organizes Migration Conference in Spain

More than a score of experts will gather at the University of Granada to discuss “The Great Migrations: The Colonization of Europe” in an event organized by the government of Kazakhstan as part of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures.


The Decade (2013-2022) is an initiative of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization that grew out of the 2010 Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, proclaimed by the United Nations at the urging of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

“The organization of this conference is our contribution to rapprochement among cultures,” Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Spain, Bakyt Dyussenbaev, said during a visit to the Alhambra along with the other participants in the gathering.

“We are delighted to be here in Granada,” he said.

Scholars and scientists from Spain, Italy, France, Britain, Portugal and Kazakhstan, together with UNESCO representatives, will review the history of the colonization of Europe.

The conclusions reached in Granada will be incorporated with the findings of previous meetings, including the 2011 conference on The Colonization of the Americas prior to Columbus, held at New York’s Colombia University; and the 2013 discussion of population movements in Southeast Asia and the Far East, hosted by Hangan University in Seoul.

Founded in 1531, the University of Granada is one of Europe’s oldest institutions of higher education.