Migration is a global phenomenon driven by many forces starting with aspirations for dignity, safety and peace. The decision to leave home may be extreme, and often, the beginning of a dangerous, sometimes fatal journey. On the occasion of International Migrants Day the EU states "we stand strong in our unequivocal commitment to respect and protect the dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants as well as to ensure that migration takes place in a safe, orderly and well-managed way."
Roughly two thousand global leaders, politicians, activists, experts and young people from all over the world gathered in Strasbourg this week for the 2019 edition of the World Forum for Democracy, where they discussed democracy in the information age. Hosted by the Council of Europe, the forum provides a unique platform for debating solutions to key questions for democracies worldwide.