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17 May 2024

Reimagining migration and mobility: New ideas for an age-old human phenomenon

In the face of the world’s unprecedented pace of change, the necessity for foresight in governance and multilateral cooperation has never been more acute. Recognizing this, IOM engaged School of International Futures, a global nonprofit organization, to draw upon its “three horizon” methodology and work with some of the leading migration practitioners and scholars in the world to “re-imagine migration and mobility”. Through a collaborative approach, involving a wide array of external partners and stakeholders, this project leverages IOM’s global convening power to foster strategic foresight on migration and mobility. This initiative aligns with the United Nations Secretary-General’s vision outlined in the United Nations Common Agenda and is one modest component of IOM’s contribution towards the United Nations Summit of the Future in September 2024. This publication offers the chance for reflection on migration and mobility in a highly competitive and contested world towards a more constructive and evidence-based narrative on migration that underpins informed decision-making going forward.

  • Foreword
  • Executive summary
  • Setting out
  • Looking back
  • Geopolitics
  • The landscape unfolding
    • Climate change
    • Demographics
    • Technological change
    • Values
  • The facts on the ground
    • Economic benefits of migration
    • Sociocultural benefits of migration
    • Civic–political benefits of migration
  • New approaches to migration
    • A – Opportunity for all: migration and labour
    • B – Voices and votes: migration and inclusion
    • C – Winds of change: mobility and climate
    • D – From models to stories: migration and data
    • E – Tomorrow people: future generations and migration
  • The road ahead: a (geo)politics of migration
  • Changing the narrative
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • References