Global Migration in the Future

Migration has been a central element in the adaptation of human beings to environmental conditions as well as to societal, economic and political challenges. Mobility of people changed the world in past centuries: numerous examples show the extent to which labor or settlement migration, flight, displacement or deportation influenced the makeup of the population, the development of labor markets or cultural and religious orientations. Migration will also remain a global topic in the future.


Jochen Oltmer


Migration can be understood as a long-term shift of an individual’s, a family’s, a group’s, or even a whole population’s usual place of residence. Various manifestations of global population mobility can be differentiated between. Weiter...

Pendler an einem Bahnhof in Mumbai, Indien.

What Consequences Does the Increase of the World Population Have for Migration Patterns?

The world population will reach over 8 billion by 2015, 9.6 billion by 2050 and 10.9 billion by 2100. Although the population in poorer countries will grow while it stagnates in the industrial countries, the UN assumes that the extent of migration from the less developed countries into the more developed countries will decrease. Weiter...

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What Consequences Does the Worldwide Growth of Cities Have for Migration Conditions?

In 2008 the number of urbanites worldwide surpassed that of the rural population. A large share of the city and urban agglomerations that grew in Africa, Asia or South America did so unplanned in past decades. Large social issues and the erection of slums have accompanied this process. However, cities will continue to offer attractive immigration destinations for many people in the future. They are centers of economic growth and innovation and are offering varied and plentiful employment opportunities. Weiter...

Ein Hirte läuft über ein trockenes Feld des Himayatsagar Reservoir, das zweite große Reservoir in Hyderabad, der Hauptstadt des südindischen Bundesstaat Andhra Pradesh am Dienstag, 3. Mai 2005. Beamte warnen davor, dass Hyderabad eine ernste Wasserknappheit droht, sollte es in den nächsten Wochen nicht regnen.

Which Effects Do Global Environmental Changes Have for Migration Relations?

It is indisputable that the extent of ecologically unstable regions is growing year after year. Despite the reality of the problem and the many debates on the reach of global climate change, our knowledge is still relatively limited regarding the meaning environmental determinants have on migration movements. Weiter...

Jochen Oltmer

Conclusion: The Political Order of Global Migration in the Present and Future

The leading economic countries in the world have set up migration policies that aim at strict control over migration. This is done, for one, through restrictive visa and entry conditions and, second, through contracts with countries of origin aimed at guaranteeing the return of those immigrants that are considered temporarily necessary. Weiter...

Global Migration in the Future

References and Further Readings





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