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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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Migration, violent extremism and social exclusion

Over many decades, research has shown that international migration can generate considerable benefits for all sides involved. Yet, around the world, a number of political leaders, reflecting varying degrees of popular sentiment, are linking migrants and migration with the rising threat of violent extremism and terrorism. It is always important to remember, as emphasized in this chapter, that migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are more likely to be the victims of violent extremism than the perpetrators; nevertheless, there is a belief in certain political groups in North America, Europe and beyond, that large flows of asylum seekers and migrants may be infiltrated by members of terrorist groups.

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