CSIS Launches Forced Migration Task Force and Research Initiative in Partnership with the Ford Foundation
July 25, 2017
WASHINGTON: The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) announces the formation of a Task Force on the Global Forced Migration Crisis. Former homeland security secretary and governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge and former USAID administrator Gayle Smith will cochair the high-level task force.
This bipartisan group is composed of former government officials from the Bush and Obama administrations and representatives from faith-based organizations, local and state governments, defense and security entities, the private sector, nongovernmental and philanthropic organizations, and multilateral groups. With the guidance of the task force, CSIS will produce a report identifying gaps, opportunities, and solutions for the global migration crisis.
The task force will convene three times to discuss root causes in origination countries, the journey through transit countries, and protracted displacement or resettlement in destination countries. The findings will culminate in a report to be released in Spring 2018. CSIS will conduct a series of fact finding trips and desk research to underpin the work of the task force.
CSIS launches this task force at a time when global displacement is worse than at any other time in human history. Daniel Runde, CSIS’s William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, notes that “more people are displaced now than after World War II. Over 65 million people across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia have left their homes to cross local, regional, or national borders out of fear of persecution or for survival. Many of them will never return home. Some will trek to European or American cities, but most will reside close to their homes, with transit countries increasingly becoming destinations for protracted displacement. This crisis could be the new normal for the world if left unchecked.”
The task force and project are made possible by the generous support from the Ford Foundation.