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World Migration Report 2018

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This report is the ninth in the world migration report series which is designed as a substantive contribution to increasing the understanding of current and strategic migration issues throughout the world. It presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues. It is structured to focus on two key contributions for readers: Part I: key information on migration and migrants (including migration-related statistics); and Part II: balanced, evidence-based analysis of complex and emerging migration issues. The two parts are intended to provide both overview information that helps to explain migration patterns and processes globally and regionally, as well as insights and recommendations on major issues that policymakers are - or soon - will be grappling with.

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Mobility, migration and transnational connectivity

In an age of information overload and online connectivity, there is a sense that we are more closely linked globally than ever before. Routine activities in everyday lives are testament to a modern-day transnationalism. For example, e-mails written by people displaced by conflict can reach relatives in safer lands in real time, providing news of escapes and reassurance. Hard-earned money transferred back to family thousands of kilometres away buys much-needed food and supports access to education for the next generation. These types of everyday activities – sending e-mails, wiring cash, video-conferencing on smartphones, and downloading apps – have become an integral part of many people’s lives in recent years, dramatically increasing our access to information, places, capital, goods, people and ideas. More is available at our fingertips than ever before. Yet the degree of access and interconnectedness between and within communities and people varies significantly.

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