International Migration Trends

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Cross-border migration is increasing worldwide. International organisations and governments report record numbers of refugees and migrants. A substantial part of cross-border migration occurs not into industrialised nations but between poorer countries. Most refugees and migrants do not leave their home region. For many host countries and regions, migration constitutes a serious political challenge.

Whilst understanding of international migration has markedly improved in the last decades, it is still fragmentary. For instance, there is a lack of reliable data on immigration and emigration for many host, origin and transit countries; on the duration of stay of refugees and migrants; and on the socioeconomic consequences of migration. Internationally comparable statistics continue to be in short supply, and it is almost impossible to forecast future migrations. These factors complicate not only attempts to manage migration, but also to evaluate its consequences in terms of development policy and draw up appropriate strategies.


Anne Koch, Jana Kuhnt

Migration and the 2030 Agenda: Making Everyone Count

Migrants and Refugees in the Sustainable Development Goals

SWP Comment 2020/C 38, July 2020, 4 Pages


Sinem Adar

Idlib’s Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe

Turkey’s decision to open its borders with Europe is a tactic to pressure the EU for support in Idlib. Despite Ankara’s violations of democratic norms, the humanitarian situation in Idlib requires the international community’s support. An assessment by Sinem Adar.

Point of View, 02.03.2020
Salim Çevik

Short- and Long-Term Impacts of the Escalation in Idlib

The current escalation in Idlib between Turkish and Russian-backed Syrian forces has two dimensions: the immediate Turkish involvement in Syria and the broader Turkish-Russian rapprochement. An assessment by Salim Çevik.

Point of View, 12.02.2020
Evita Schmieg

Connections between Trade Policy and Migration

A Sphere of Action for the EU

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 15, November 2019, 31 Pages


Steffen Angenendt, David Kipp, Anne Koch

Many Refugees, Poor Data

Development Cooperation Requires Higher-quality Data

SWP Comment 2016/C 37, August 2016, 4 Pages
Monika Sus, Franziska Pfeifer (eds.), Isabelle Werenfels, Julia Simon

Camp nationalism

in: European Union in the world 2025: Scenarios for EU relations with its neighbours and strategic partners, pp. 53-56, May 2016

SWP Comments

Dumitru Minzarari
The Russian Military Escalation around Ukraine’s Donbas

Risks and Scenarios for a Revised EU Policy

Franziska Smolnik, Mikheil Sarjveladze, Giorgi Tadumadze
Deadlock in Georgia

Political Crisis and Regional Changes Need an EU Response

SWP Research Papers

Daniel Voelsen
Internet from Space

How New Satellite Connections Could Affect Global Internet Governance

Sinem Adar, Günter Seufert
Turkey’s Presidential System after Two and a Half Years

An Overview of Institutions and Politics