We live in tumultuous times and we are all increasingly aware of the future with its promises and challenges. Sometimes it seems we are bracing ourselves for the simultaneous but contradictory impact of population rise and population decline, in a context where resources are under huge pressures, the effects of climate change are already being felt but we are told far worse is to come. Meanwhile rapid technological advances and the prospect of increased artificial intelligence and automations seems to be challenging the very notion of future workplace and the role of work in our societies.
But what of migration, refugees, mixed migration and irregular mobility? What does the future hold in terms of future labour migration and asylum space, considering the shift towards increased nationalism and moves against multinationalism at a time when the world most needs coherent joint approaches to global problems? How will the issues of displacement and forced migration be affected by inequality, poor governance, environmental stressors and the international community’s response? Can we realistically predict or forecast what the future trends will be?
This year’s Mixed Migration Review offers updates on global mixed migration trends and policy events while examining future trends and expectations in a wide range of sectors and their impact on mixed migration. Through essays and interviews with leading experts and thought leaders the MMR 2019 offers a detailed analysis of the nexus between future global developments and mixed migration.