Understanding Global Issues

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Millions of Migrants: Seeking asylum and a better life

In the mid 1970s there were less than five million refugees and internally displaced people worldwide. Today the UNHCR and UNRWA have almost 24 million people under their wings, and at least 20 million more have been displaced by war or other catastrophes. All over the world people are crossing borders in search of jobs, some legally, many more illegally, as the rich countries steadily toughen their immigration controls. What are the implications of these mass population movements for the security and peace of the world?

Published: September 2002 ISBN: 0850487501

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