Marcelo Suárez-Orozco: New Book Illuminates Realities of Mass Migration

"Humanitarianism and Mass Migration" based on 2017 meeting at UCLA convened by Suárez-Orozco, shines a light on a path forward from the global crisis.

With the president of the United States demanding the building of a wall to keep out migrants along the U.S. Southern border and seeking to define migration as a national crisis, a new book, Humanitarianism and Mass Migration: Confronting the World Crisis, sheds new light on the global upheaval of catastrophic migration, examining the forces driving people from their homes and putting the lives of tens of millions at risk.

With over 65 million people forcibly uprooted across the globe, the book offers new research examining the drivers of migration and showing how current structures are out of date and out of touch with the new realities of mass migrations.  The book also offers concrete and humanitarian recommendations for what must be done.

Edited by Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean and Distinguished Professor of Education at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the book commissioned new research and writing by some of the world’s top experts to define the scope of global migration today and examine how unchecked climate change, war and terror and uncontrolled criminality in weak and failing states and emerging as the drivers of mass, catastrophic migrations.  Growing from a 2017 gathering at UCLA of interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners and religious leaders deeply engaged in the issues, the book includes new contributions from Jacqueline Bhabha, Richard Mollica, Irina Bokova, Pedro Noguera, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, James A. Banks, Mary Waters, and many others.The book defines the new cartography of mass migration, considers the plight of children and youth on the move, illuminates the catastrophic lives of migrants on the margins and highlights the work of education in the transitions of immigrant and refugee youth. The book endeavors to identify needs as well as new models to best address the physical and mental health, legal protections, education, and well-being of asylum seekers, refugees and irregular immigrants across the globe.

Migration is as old as Homo Sapiens, it is an ancient and shared condition of our humanity,” says Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco.  “But today millions are forcibly driven from the safety of home into the unknown by environmental catastrophe, war and terror and global inequality. The world today is facing the greatest crisis of confinement in history – with millions and millions of human beings unable to reach safe heavens and access the fundamental rights we all share as members of the human family.”

Envisioning a hopeful and more humane pathway forward, this book provides concrete and realistic recommendations for what must be done to mine the inherent agency, cultural resources, resilience, and capacity for self-healing for refugees, asylum seekers and forcibly displaced populations.

Humanitarianism and Mass Migration is published by UC Press. More information about Humanitarianism and Mass Migration, including ordering instructions can be found at the UC Press website.