Confronting the Global Forced Migration Crisis

A Report of the CSIS Task Force on the Global Forced Migration Crisis

 

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The size and scope of the global forced migration crisis are unprecedented. Almost 66 million people worldwide have been forced from home by conflict. If recent trends continue, this figure could increase to between 180 and 320 million people by 2030. This global crisis already poses serious challenges to economic growth and risks to stability and national security, as well as an enormous human toll affecting tens of millions of people. These issues are on track to get worse; without significant course correction soon, the forced migration issues confronted today will seem simple decades from now. Yet, efforts to confront the crisis continue to be reactive in addressing these and other core issues. The United States should broaden the scope of its efforts beyond the tactical and reactive to see the world through a more strategic lens colored by the challenges posed—and opportunities created—by the forced migration crisis at home and abroad. CSIS convened a diverse task force in 2017 to study the global forced migration crisis. This report is a result of those findings.

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Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development
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Erol Yayboke
Director, Project on Fragility and Mobility and Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Secretary Tom Ridge

Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security; Former Governor, Pennsylvania

The Honorable Gayle Smith

President and CEO, the ONE Campaign; Former Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Aaron Milner