Refugees escorted by police

UNHCR statistics show migration is a major challenge.

The Complexities of Migration

January 2016, Number 07.01

“In June 2015, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued its headline-busting report titled “Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2014.” It revealed that at the end of 2014, “59.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalized violence, or human rights violations.” This was the highest level of displacement ever recorded. If these 59.5 million were a nation, it would be the 24th most populous nation in the world. While media attention has focused on large-scale flows to Europe, the overwhelming majority of forcibly displaced people remain in developing regions close to migrants’ countries of origin...”

Excerpt from Carolyn Haggis and Petra Weyland, “The Complexities of Migration,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 7, No. 1, 2016: 7.

Dr. Carolyn Haggis is a professor of transnational security studies at the Marshall Center. She joined the Marshall Center in January 2015 and is a member of the teaching faculty for the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies and the Program on Countering Transnational Organized Crime. She holds a doctorate from Oxford University.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.