Migration is one of the morally, politically, and economically defining issues of the 21st century. Some 25,000 souls have died trying to cross the Mediterranean since 2000, including over more than 1,500 so far in 2015, and many thousands more have perished in the Gulf of Aden and in the South Pacific.
There needs to be a united response to the question of migration. It is critical for all of us to fully engage our publics on migration and asylum issues—and not, through silence, abet the rise of those who dream of national purity. If we speak openly and truthfully about migration and asylum, we will help to dispel misconceptions that seriously constrain our ability to make reasonable policy.
©OECD Yearbook 2015