Friday, 22nd June 2012
Migration and sustainable development
Source: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
As discussions for Rio+20 progress, migration has been recognized for its increasing importance and relevance to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, as well as for its influence on all regions of the world. This issues brief serves as a contribution to the discussions: it provides an overview of migration in the context of sustainable development, reviews related international commitments and their achievements since the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, and sketches a way forward for future discussions.
Human mobility at international and internal scales is at its highest levels in recorded history. Although the share of international migrants in the world’s population has remained at approximately 3 per cent for more than 20 years, their absolute numbers have increased significantly: in 1990, approximately 156 million people lived outside their country of birth, but today this figure has increased to approximately 215 million. At the same time, today approximately 740 million internal migrants are estimated to have moved away from their places of birth within the borders of their own countries.
The headline figure is thus that one person in seven in the world is in a migratory state in some form: migration has accelerated to become a global mega‐trend of the 21st century. Moreover, migrants are more culturally and ethnically diverse than ever before, and more women are migrating today either on their own or as heads of households.
+ Direct link to document (PDF; 438 KB)
By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes is currently an Information Services Librarian with the London Borough of Havering.
In this role, he has particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by Free Pint Ltd. in 2007. He is also involved in training and publicising online reference resources and is a regular contributor to DocuTicker.
Adrian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
More articles by Adrian Janes »
Please note: DocuTicker's editors collect citations for full-text PDF reports freely available on the web but we do not archive these reports. When you click a link to find and/or download the report, you are leaving the DocuTicker site. DocuTicker makes no representations regarding the ongoing availability of any report or any external resource. Links were accurate as of the date of posting.