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Human Mobility: a local, regional and global call for collective action and evidence-based public discourse

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Human Mobility: a local, regional and global call for collective action and evidence-based public discourse

Migration is to be understood as a complex, structured and inherent phenomenon. The phenomenon of migration, or more broadly, the phenomenon of human mobility, insofar as it is coextensive with human life and human flow, cannot be tackled, let alone regulated and contained, with the approach that is currently being used, the emergency approach.

Reducing the phenomenon of migration to a security or safety issue, treating it as a problem, an issue that needs to be urgently controlled, by building walls and redrawing boundaries in international waters, means also reducing drastically our capacities, tools and knowledge to understand this complex phenomenon and act accordingly.

Date of Publication
Type of Resource
Target Audience
Academia
Civil Society
Government
Intergovernmental Organization
Migrant Association
All
Author
Agora Europe
UNU-MERIT
Columbia University
Source / Publisher
Language
Geographic Scope
Workstream Output
No
Regional Review Process
No
GCM Objectives
Keywords
Big data, migration and human mobility
Civil society actors in migration
Forced migration or displacement
Integration policies
Migration policy and other public policies
Transnational migration
Status
Published

Human Mobility: a local, regional and global call for collective action and evidence-based public discourse

Migration is to be understood as a complex, structured and inherent phenomenon. The phenomenon of migration, or more broadly, the phenomenon of human mobility, insofar as it is coextensive with human life and human flow, cannot be tackled, let alone regulated and contained, with the approach that is currently being used, the emergency approach.

Reducing the phenomenon of migration to a security or safety issue, treating it as a problem, an issue that needs to be urgently controlled, by building walls and redrawing boundaries in international waters, means also reducing drastically our capacities, tools and knowledge to understand this complex phenomenon and act accordingly.


*References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).