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The world’s next major crisis

The world’s next major crisis

Migration is the world’s next major crisis – there is an influx of people at the gates, hordes of refugees and migrants are waiting in poor and war torn countries, and our society will be permanently altered by immigrants.

Or so the media would have you believe.

The reality is far less dramatic. In fact, after listening to or reading all the media hype about migration, an analysis of the numbers is … well … an anti-climax. An incredible letdown.

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Smuggling and Trafficking –  Separate Crimes Requiring Different Policy Responses

Smuggling and Trafficking – Separate Crimes Requiring Different Policy Responses

Migrant smuggling is in the news. Governments are taking urgent action, smugglers are abusing laws, companies like Facebook are cracking down. Smugglers are associated with deaths, abuses, violation; they are charged, detained, deported. All the news, in short, is bad, and, to judge by the headlines, smugglers have committed crimes and deserve the worst possible prohibitions.

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Build the Wall(s)?
Border Patrol agents and others stand next to a new stretch of border wall in Calexico, Calif., Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will later visit the new 30-foot-high border wall that is replacing a 2-mile stretch of older barriers between the U.S. and Mexico in Calexico. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Build the Wall(s)?

Everyone has heard of Donald Trump’s so-called wall (or is it a fence? Or is it solar panel farm?). Most people also know that Trump’s wall is the latest in a long line of attempts to restrict movement using physical barriers – the Great Wall of China was constructed to keep out the Mongol hordes, Hadrian’s wall was built to keep out the barbarians.

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Welcome to the Meraki Migration Blog
Women, walking with what possesions they can carry, arrive in a steady trickle at an IDP camp erected next to an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, Somalia, on November 12. Heavy rains in Somalia, coupled with recent disputes between clans, has resulted in over four thousand IDPs seeking shelter at an AMISOM military base near the town of Jowhar, with more arriving daily. AU UN IST Photo / Tobin Jones

Welcome to the Meraki Migration Blog

‘Migration’ is generally defined as the process of moving. Moving anything. Geese. Wildebeests. Giraffes. Data. People. Migration can be voluntary, driven by the seasons, or forced. It can be managed, but rarely prevented. In some cases migration is temporary, but in others, it is permanent.

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