Migration and Border Security: The Military's Role

  • November 10, 2009
  • Prof Bernard F Griffard, Prof Bert B Tussing

With the world's population in almost constant motion, migration is an everyday reality. According to the United Nations, the global number of migrants more than doubled in recent years offering both opportunities and complications for governments. However, the absence of integrated border management procedures leaves the door open to trafficking in human beings, transnational narco-crime, smuggling, and terrorism, all of which pose direct threats to government stability. Resolving this problem is both resource intensive and politically sensitive. To examine at this issue in detail the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) sponsored a roundtable to discuss Assisting Developing Countries in Securing Human Mobility.