The Coming Mass Migration “Move” on our Globe

Just out: the book by Parag Khanna (see other posts on this Blog) called “MOVE: How Mass Migration will reshape the World”

This important because it goes far beyond the stream of migrants on rubber boats from North Africa barely reaching Spain and Italy. And beyond the streams from Syria and Afganistan. Decades ago the CIA already warned that climate change would force many in the World from their farms to the cities and then abroad to survive with their families. As Ai Wei Wei explained these families do not start to migrate unless they have no other choice to leave everything behind. It is not just fortune-seekers. Or criminals who often populate the first waves, as we have experienced in our country. And it is rather sinister that some countries keep them out, for instance Saudi Arabia, who shoots every bordercrosser through the feet so they can not even walk any further. Hungary is also a ruthless stopper, although they should realize the Hungarians themselves are migrants from long ago forced out of Ugria, now in Siberia, during the Big Westward Migration.

Migration of large numbers of people is of all ages, and sometimes creating opportunities and wealth like the commercialy skilled Jews who where forced out of Spain, who could settle in Antwerp and Amsterdam. and like the very hard working and reliable Protestants who where forced out of France (Hugenots) and could settle in Amsterdam and London.

Here is the review of the book:————————–

A compelling look at the powerful global forces that will cause billions of us to move geographically over the next decades, ushering in an era of radical change.

In the 60,000 years since people began colonizing the continents, a recurring feature of human civilization has been mobility–the ever-constant search for resources and stability. Seismic global events–wars and genocides, revolutions and pandemics–have only accelerated the process. The map of humanity isn’t settled–not now, not ever.

Afgan families on the move. Will they survive ??

As climate change tips toward full-blown crisis, economies collapse, governments destabilize, and technology disrupts, we’re entering a new age of mass migrations–one that will scatter both the dispossessed and the well-off. Which areas will people abandon and where will they resettle? Which countries will accept or reject them? As today’s world population, which includes four billion restless youth, votes with their feet, what map of human geography will emerge?

In Move, celebrated futurist Parag Khanna provides an illuminating and authoritative vision of the next phase of human civilization–one that is both mobile and sustainable. As the book explores, in the years ahead people will move people to where the resources are and technologies will flow to the people who need them, returning us to our nomadic roots while building more secure habitats.

Move is a fascinating look at the deep trends that are shaping the most likely scenarios for the future. Most important, it guides each of us as we determine our optimal location on humanity’s ever-changing map.


I ordered it today so I can not yet give my own impression, but it is obvious that this “migration” will be one of the most important issues, related to Climate Change, we have will have to deal with.

It contains a number of very telling maps of EurAsia changing.

To just close the borders and pretend it does not exist will be useless. If we look more closely, and not only at Football Teams, we should realise: “WE ARE ALL MIGRANTS”.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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