Recent years have shown that the existing European policy on
asylum and migration is not fit for purpose in a changing world.
Migration is not a new phenomenon, it is a part of human nature. Since ancient times, people have migrated across Europe, or even across the globe, in search of a better life or to flee from war or crises. Due to globalisation, the world feels a smaller place. Technological development has enabled instant global communication. People, communities and even countries interconnect digitally, despite being physically far apart.
Our environment and society will continue to change and develop, both online and offline. Demographic changes, conflicts, climate change, shifts in the political and economic world order and increasing social welfare needs are but a part of the challenges facing the international community today.