Is ‘Sustainable Migration’ a Valuable Concept?

PRIO Policy Brief

Carling, Jørgen & Marta Bivand Erdal (2018) Is ‘Sustainable Migration’ a Valuable Concept?, PRIO Policy Brief, 5. Oslo: PRIO.

​The notion of ‘sustainable migration’ has been floated as a guiding principle for migration policy. Is it a concept we should embrace? On the one hand, it neatly captures the idea that migration should be managed in a way that ensures well-balanced distribution of costs and benefits, today and in the future. On the other hand, ‘sustainable migration’ can serve as a politically charged rhetorical device: it thrives on the liberal and progressive connotations of ‘sustainable’, but implicitly presents migration as an existential threat to society.

Authors

Jørgen Carling

Jørgen Carling

Research Professor

Marta Bivand Erdal

Marta Bivand Erdal

Research Director

ISBN: 978-82-7288-884-7