We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, as individuals seek to create their own pathways from poverty to prosperity. People undertaking irregular journeys are remarkably vulnerable; they are subject to exploitation at the hands of human traffickers, who generate around $150 billion in illegal profits each year. For many their fate is even more appalling, finding themselves trapped in a world of modern slavery and sexual exploitation.
The challenge of accommodating the current levels of displacement has become too great for 21st Century approaches. Led by Alastair Masser, our Global People Movements programme seeks to provide the data we need to form an accurate appraisal of the motivations behind these extraordinary journeys, and the risks faced by those undertaking them.
The first of our three papers seeks to produce a data-driven overview of the current landscape of global migration, which will in turn support the Legatum Institute’s commitment to identifying solutions that would assist necessity-driven migrants, refugees and victims of trafficking.