At the turn of the twenty-first century, an estimated 3 percent of the world's people live in a country other than the one where they were born. The number of international migrants has more than doubled since 1975 to nearly 175 million in 2000.
As international migration issues have become more pressing, demands for accurate, timely, and comparable information on levels, trends, and policies have increased. Monitoring population movements and changes are increasingly difficult as more migration occurs and because data have not kept pace with these changes.
At this forum, the Brookings Institution and the Migration Policy Institute will discuss and analyze a new report, International Migration Report, 2002, which is being released by the United Nations Population Division. The report quantifies and begins to address these issues.