Understanding Global   
Development Challenges

Migration

People geographical mobility represents a constant feature in human history. 

In the last years, however, migration flows have drawn special attention in the international debate because of the particularly large spikes observed in selected regions of the world. International migration is indeed a large and growing phenomenon, triggered by different and sometimes concomitant factors such as poverty, demographic imbalances, wars, as well as climate change, originating more than 240 million people living and working outside their home countries.

Despite its current emergency features, however, migration is mainly a long-term phenomenon, which is very likely to last for many decades ahead. This calls for a new and more integrated approach, deeply rooted into sound empirical evidence and designed according to a long-term strategy able to turn migration flows from challenge to opportunity.

"Moving upstream the “relevant” migration frontier. Strategic priorities to turn the migration challenge into a development opportunity"

Laura Frigenti* and Furio C. Rosati**

Migration is one of the most pressing issues on the international political agenda. Despite its current immediate emergency, however, migration is the result of long-term factors and very likely to last for many decades ahead. This calls for a new and more integrated approach to international migration, deeply rooted in sound empirical evidence of the complex dynamics driving people global mobility and emphasizing the key role of countries of origin as the centre of gravity of current and future migration policies and interventions to turn the migration challenge into a development opportunity for both origin and destination economies.

What's new

The impact of migration on Europe - ICID joins the Center for Strategic International Studies to talk about a sustainable approach to migration

On Friday, October 13, ICID's director, Furio Rosati joined the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) in a public panel about the impact of migration on Europe.

Report

"Towards sustainable migration. Interventions in countries of origin". If proactively and effectively managed, the migration challenge can be transformed into an opportunity both for Europe and for origin countries.