Historic shocks can bring about historic changes. Fixing our broken migration system should be one of them

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Today’s global migration is impacting the public and political debate more than it has in the past 70 years. Its direct implications – for human rights, the economy and security – as well as the indirect ones – as a lever for broader political and economic interests – will shape the societies we live in for the coming decades. If one believes that COVID-19 is reversing this trend, think twice. As with previous global shocks, the state of affairs will hardly remain the same once the pandemic is over. Ensuring it takes a turn for the better or allows us to dig deeper into the current migration system, will depend largely on the kind of decisions and actions we take in the coming months.There are reasons to believe that we are in front of a make-it-or-break-it point and we should seize the opportunity to reform the migration system.