Towards Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in the Asia-Pacific Region

Challenges and Opportunities

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International migration is a structural feature of an interconnected Asia-Pacific. The number of migrants to and from the region continues to grow, reflecting factors such as changing demographics, economic transformations, and increased connectivity, as well as showing the influence of instability and conflict in the region; meanwhile, the impacts of migration in all countries have grown to become more important; and the means adopted by countries have adapted to try to address these impacts in a positive manner. This report draws from existing research and provides information on the key trends in migration in the region; the drivers of migration; the impacts of migration; and policy responses at national and multilateral level and concludes with recommendations.




The Asia-Pacific region is a fulcrum for international migration — home to the world’s largest and most important countries of origin, and destination. The region has welcomed migrants, whether for economic benefits or to accommodate those displaced. It has been responsive to changing circumstances, and its dynamism has driven countries of origin to also serve as countries of destination. If all the over 62 million international migrants in the Asia-Pacific region were considered together they would make up the thirteenthlargest population in the region, just behind the population of Thailand, and constituting more than the population of Myanmar. If the over 101 million migrants who have left their countries of origin in Asia and the Pacific were considered together, they would be the ninth-largest population, almost equivalent to the population of the Philippines.


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