Summary of The New Normal – Global Migration

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The New Normal – Global Migration summary
Refugees present an economic opportunity to Europe, if individual nations will it.


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Migration patterns have shifted dramatically in recent years. Asylum seekers now are traveling farther and in larger numbers than ever before. Meanwhile, European leaders have failed to respond adequately to the growing numbers of refugees arriving at their borders. According to Solveigh Hieronimus, a partner at McKinsey & Company, the influx of refugees could generate enormous revenues, but only if European nations integrate the new arrivals into society quickly and seamlessly. getAbstract recommends Hieronimus’s data-rich report to policy makers, civil society groups focused on assimilation and European citizens concerned about the welfare of incoming refugees.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How refugee migration patterns are shifting,
  • Why Europe must integrate migrants successfully and
  • Why refugees present European nations with a favorable economic opportunity.


In the post–World War II era, the typical passage of an asylum seeker entailed a journey of about 100 km [62 miles] to a safer region within the exile’s country of origin or to an adjacent country. This pattern has shifted in recent years...
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About the Speaker

Solveigh Hieronimus is a partner at McKinsey & Company, where she leads work on refugees and migration.

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