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Introduction: Migration Fantasies, Nightmarish Realities

In the age of globalization, one of the major challenges faced by the international community, as well as local governments, lies in the pervasive rise in migration patterns and the determination of migrants to pay any price necessary to better their lives. From the perilous clandestine trips across borders, to the deadly confrontation with Atlantic currents, to questionable exploitative arrangements made with dubious migration tycoons, migration has indeed become for many, what international trade was in the mid twentieth century.1 Despite the human rights protections accorded to international migrants through the UN International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the gap between policy and implementation is staggering, due to the economic cost for the receiving countries. It is against this background that a Conference on “Movements, Migrations, and Displacements,” is plausible, since in addition to examining the economic cost, it has focused on the human cost-especially in this volume.