International Organisation for Migration

AGENDA: Analysing and countering the issues of forced migration and illegal immigration

Compounding issues around the world have facilitated and pioneered a mass movement of people across the globe, either fleeing war, violence and persecution (forced “push” migration) or seeking a better lifestyle (voluntary “pull” migration). In light of this, the 21st century saw unprecedented increases in global migration patterns, be it Syrians escaping the horrors of a civil war, Rohingya men and women fleeing ethnic cleansing or Mexicans and Central Americans illegally crossing the border into the United States of America. The prodigious movement of displaced persons has had an adverse effect on the social, economic, humanitarian and political scenario worldwide. There are now an estimated 258 million people living in a country other than their country of birth – an increase of 49% since 2000.

Having triggered a massive humanitarian conflict, the situation of migrants is indeed dire. The International Organisation of Migration (IOM) has convened together the countries of the world to unanimously address the various crises at hand. While carefully analysing the banes and boons of the infiltration of migrants, member states must devise comprehensive solutions to the situation, keeping in mind their national policy. As countries buckle under mounting international pressure, their responses and foreign policies vary; it is up to you, delegates, to reach to a common census while grappling with clashing views and enriching updates. This committee, with the vastness of its agenda, assures three days of interesting and gripping debate. Meanwhile, delegates, the fates of millions of migrants and refugees rests in your hands.

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