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Between September and December 2012, the International Migration Institute (IMI) and the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis at the University of Waikato collaborated on a project to examine future migration in the Pacific region by employing a scenario methodology developed by the Global Migration Futures project at IMI

Through this initiative, IMI and the University of Waikato sought to promote discussions among migration experts and stakeholders about longer-term developments in the region.

This report:

Contributes to a greater understanding of the factors directly and  indirectly impacting regional migration and, in turn, the numerous impacts  of migration on regional social, economic, and political factors;

Prompts stakeholders to play a key role in knowledge production;

Generates debate with and between experts and stakeholders about policy responses to possible migration futures and raise awareness of the importance of broader transformation processes (such as technological change and changing public perception of migration) in shaping migration when formulating national and supranational migration policies; and

Develops tools – i.e. scenarios – for policy makers, civil society, business persons, and researchers that increase understanding and awareness about future migration.

The project received generous support from the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment; Australian Department of Citizenship and Immigration; UNESCO’s Participation Programme and New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO; Integration of Immigrants Programme at Massey University; Auckland University of Technology; and the National Centre for Lifecourse Research at the University of Otago.

Read the full report