Over 70 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide, with large increases in recent years having been driven by a complex mix of factors, including environmental shocks, conflict, and economic crisis. As ever, the vast majority of these people stay within countries or regions and suffer. At the same time, regressive political movements often exploit misperceptions about migration to the further detriment of migrant populations.. In this episode of the “Great Unraveling?” series, Sonia Shah joins Laurie Laybourn-Langton to explore the factors driving migration — how fragilities in social, economic, and political systems, as well as environmental destabilization, could impact migration into the future, and how we should think differently about migration as a problem.
Sonia Shah is a science journalist and prize-winning author. Her books include Pandemic: Tracking Contagions from Cholera to Coronaviruses and Beyond, and The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move.