Shedding light on migration*

18/12/2017

Recent FAO titles illustrate the role of resilient agricultural livelihoods in addressing the drivers of migration, including rural poverty, food insecurity, inequality, unemployment and climate change. Migration is a growing and complex global phenomenon, with millions of people moving each year. In 2017, the number of international migrants worldwide has reached 258 million, up from 248 million in 2015.

The linkages between migration, agriculture, food security and rural development
This report looks into the drivers that push people from rural areas to migrate. The main goal this title is to deepen understanding of the relations that exist between agriculture, food security and rural development.

The booklet Migration, agriculture and rural development gives FAO’s perspective on migration and sheds light on the role that agriculture, rural development and the sustainable management of natural resources play in curbing migration pressure in rural areas. It also discusses possible areas of further engagement to maximize the potential benefits of migration on agriculture.

Focusing on a region particularly exposed to migration, the atlas Rural Africa in motion: dynamics and drivers of migration south of the Sahara includes maps and infographics showing rural migrants’ profiles, migration drivers and patterns, remittance flows and much more.

The selection of titles below covers issues such as conflict- and climate-driven migration and rural youth migration due to the lack of employment opportunities. It addresses the challenges of migration for agricultural development and highlights FAO’s efforts in integrating migration issues into policy-making.

*Update 15/10/2018