As of the end of 2015, 65.3 million people were displaced.
In 2015, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) declared that year to be the Year of the Migrants.
The 21st century world, a world that the Creator-Redeemer God loves, is a different world from 2,000 years ago when the Apostle John wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only one, the only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NIV).
To be an effective herald of Jesus Christ, I must continue to understand and learn about the world in which I live. The world I live in seems “borderless”—interconnected by technology and traversed by millions of migrants and travellers.
Three books have helped me understand our current context:
The Borderless World by Kenichi Ohmae
Economist Ohmae describe how business can be done transcending time and space. In the business world, business is conducted simultaneously globally and locally, hence, GLOCAL.
Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future by Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron, Meera Balarajan
The title of this book clearly suggests that ordinary migrants have shaped the world and will continue to chart the future, including global demography, economy, labour, and even transnational security.
Connectography: Mapping The Future of Global Civilization by Parag Khanna
MIT professor Alex Pentland writes:
Connectography gives the reader an amazing new perspective on human society, bypassing the timeworn categories and frameworks... It shows us a view of our world as a living thing that really exist: the flow of people, ideas, and materials that constitute our constantly evolving reality... A must read for anyone who wants to understand the future of humanity. ...