Theme of the month: Demography and Migration
This article is published in the frame of the official European Year for Development on the website of the European Council, so it is not the product of HAND. The original articel can be found here: https://europa.eu/eyd2015/en/stories
The world's population reached 7 billion in 2013 and experts predict that there will be 9.7 billion people on the planet by 2050; 7.8 billion of them in underdeveloped countries. As of 2014, over half of the world's population live in cities.
Over half of the world’s 232 million or so migrants are in low- and middle-income countries. Most are forced into migration by disaster and economic hardship, and around 60 million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide had no choice but to leave. Migrants can make a vibrant and productive contribution to society, yet all too often they are left unaided, vulnerable and invisible, prone to exploitation and human trafficking.
In our interdependent world, international action and cooperation is vital if we are to uphold migrants’ rights.