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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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Africa regional overview

The number of international migrants in Africa 9 in 2010 is estimated to be 19 million – an increase of 1.5 million migrants since 2005. Africa hosted just under 9 per cent of the total global stock of migrants in 2010 (UN DESA, 2009). This figure is probably an underestimate, given that migration data are particularly poor in Africa.

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