More displaced people and refugees exist now than ever before, around 60 million people from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, MENA and Africa. They flee wars and drought, changing the countries where they find refuge including flaming nationalist parties in Europe. “The global north must be prepared that the global south is on the move, the entire global south. This is not just a problem for Europe but for the whole world,” warned Sonja Licht of the international Center for Democratic Transition.[i] An additional 800,000 people are trafficked each year in modern slavery, according to the US State Department.
[i] Rod Nordland, “A Mass Migration Crisis, and It May Yet Get Worse,” New York Times, October 31, 2015.