Some resources for Migrants Day

Today is International Migrants Day, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2000.

"Migration has always been with us. Climate change, demographics, instability, growing inequalities, and aspirations for a better life, as well as unmet needs in labour markets, mean it is here to stay. The answer is effective international cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that the human rights of all concerned are properly protected." — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

The total number of international migrants has increased from an estimated 175 million in 2000 to 244 million persons in 2015. Nearly two thirds of all international migrants live in Europe (76 million) or Asia (75 million). Migration is now more widely distributed across more countries. Today the top 10 countries of destination receive a smaller share of all migrants than in 2000.

One of every ten migrants is under the age of 15.  The impact of remittance flows is also significant having reached $436 billion in 2014 – far exceeding official development assistance and, excluding China, foreign direct investment.

Over the years we have published several relevant pieces – some are collected here.

The migration crisis - psychological perspectives

Beyond borders

Exploring the unique needs of asylum seekers and refugees

'It's not a crisis or problem we can sweep under the rug'

A 'migrant' is not a migrant by any other name

'The problem we have in this country is not an immigrant problem, it’s a problem of labour flow.'

Migration and mental illness

Migratory grief?

A special issue from 2007

Subverting 'us and them'

'You are always learning, whether it is good, bad or ugly'

Working with the British Red Cross

Find more on our Research Digest, including what it's like to be a refugee with psychosis. Also see a BPS-sponsored POSTnote on migrants and housing.

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