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Conference and World Food Day 2017

Globalization of migration and their reflection on Croatia and the EU

Anđelko Milardović, PhD
Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies Zagreb/ Institute for European and Globalization Studies Split

The world we live in is actually the world on the move. It is estimated that around 230 million people are on the move today. They are economic and forced migrants. Economic migrants are the result of economic globalization. Economic globalization has not brought benefit for all. That is why we talk about the winners and losers of globalization. Part of the losers are economic migrants in search of a better life. On the other hand, there are forced migrants who are the result of wars and the destruction of their native countries. Today, the EU encounters both, economic and forced migrants. Migrations are one of the biggest challenges for the EU, demographically, economically, culturally and in terms of identity. With its policies towards migrants / foreigners, EU is trying to regulate their position, define a security issue, consider the future of western societies, their identity as well as their relation to foreigners and growing xenophobia. The presentation will focus on the main globalization and migration processes and actors that have a significant impact on the present and future of the EU, and show that migration affects the stability of western societies in view of growing populism, anti-globalization and “black protectionism”.