Understanding Global   
Development Challenges


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.


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"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.

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