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World Migration Report 2010

The Future of Migration - Building Capacities for Change

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This Report focuses on the future of migration and the capacities that will be required by States, regional and international organizations, civil society and the private sector to manage migration successfully over the coming decades. Ten years ago there were 150 million migrants. Now, the number of migrants has grown to 214 million, and the figure could rise to 405 million by 2050, as a result of demographic disparities, environmental change, global political and economic dynamics, technological revolutions and social networks. This Report argues that it is essential for States to be able to develop the comprehensive knowledge and efficient, flexible institutions that they will need to promote and implement humane and orderly policies for the movement of people, now and in the future.

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The global outlook for migration

migration is likely to transform in scale, reach and complexity, due to growing demographic disparities, the effects of environmental change, new global political and economic dynamics, technological revolutions and social networks. These transformations will be associated with increasing opportunities– from economic growth and poverty reduction, to social and cultural innovation. However, they will also exacerbate existing problems and generate new challenges –from irregular migration, to protecting the human rights of migrants. Most States in the world (and not just in the developing world) lack the capacity to effectively manage the international mobility of persons today, not to mention respond to new dynamics. This report is intended to help States, regional and international organizations, civil society and the private sector to prepare for future opportunities and challenges in migration and build capacities for change. It provides a tool for self-evaluation in terms of future scenarios. It also demonstrates the need for a far more comprehensive approach to capacity-building for migration than has typically been adopted.

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