World should prepare for increased migration

Migrants and asylum-seekers, mostly Syrian Kurds, sit in the yard outside a schoolhouse-turned-reception centre, known as Vrazhdebna, on the outskirts of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Photo: Jodi Hilton/IRIN

The World should prepare for an overall increase in the number of people who are migrating away from home.

That's one of the key findings in a UN report published on Tuesday.

The report, Trends in International Migrant Stock, says that the number of international migrants is growing faster than the global population, although the figure represents just 3 per cent of the overall population of seven billion.

Migrants have an important economic role, sending around US$ 400 billion in 2014 to their families in developing countries.

Daniel Dickinson spoke to Bela Hovy, from the Population Division, at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

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