The size and scope of the global forced migration crisis are unprecedented. Almost 66 million people worldwide have been forced from home by conflict. This global crisis already poses serious challenges to economic growth and risks to stability and national security, as well as an enormous human toll affecting tens of millions of people. People in almost every region of the world are being forced from home by armed conflict and violence, persecution, political oppression, economic malfeasance, environmental, climate, and human-induced disasters, or food insecurity and famine. The consequences of inaction are real and relevant to the United States and its allies. Addressing root causes—and the underdevelopment and poor governance so often at their core—requires longer-term, strategic thinking.
CSIS is hosting the launch of their new report on confronting the global forced migration crisis. The report contains the findings of a high level, bi-partisan task force and consolidates field research in Bangladesh, Jordan, Senegal, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda, and cities across the United States including Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Diego. It is in the U.S. domestic and national security interests to confront these issues abroad now to mitigate greater challenges later; this report illustrates the complex crisis, why it is important, and what we can do about it.