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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Middle East regional overview

The stock of migrants in the Middle East 26 in 2010 stands at an estimated 26.6 million migrants (around 13.5% of the total global migrant stock). The region saw an increase of 4.5 million migrants, compared with the 2005 figure. The Middle East thus continues to be one of the fastest growing migrant-receiving regions, with an annual average growth rate in migrant stock equal to 3.8 per cent. Migrants represent 11.9 per cent of the total population in the region (UN DESA, 2009).

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