In today’s globalized world, understanding the patterns of human mobility is key for development experts to create relevant strategies for human survival and development. Complex economic and political reasons fuel migration patterns within Asia and from Asian countries to other continents.
Migration is a phenomenon that challenges the older dichotomous position of rural versus urban and encourages us to think about issues of economics and human experience in the context of a rural–urban continuum— an emerging view that is helping academia and urban experts across the world to establish stronger linkages between various socio-economic phenomena and develop holistic approaches to urbanization and environment. In this context, the Special Issue would be extremely useful at a time when the Urban Agenda has just been launched. Importantly, the Urban Agenda aims to enable all urban inhabitants—including migrants, whether living in formal or informal settlements—to lead decent and dignified lives. It marks for the first time an intergovernmental agreement that commits to action for migrants regardless of their migratory status and represents an opportunity to improve migration governance at the local level in a coherent and comprehensive way.
Editorial – Understanding Migration Patterns and Migrant Experiences in Asia
First Published March 8, 2017
Environment and Urbanization Asia