Today, millions of people around the globe are on the move. Migration has been a human reality throughout history, but the sheer numbers of those who are seeking a new life is unprecedented. The reasons are many. Desperate situations can drive people from their homes—displacement caused by war, political or racial persecution,natural disasters, local economic hardships, or global market pressures. The lure of tales of quick fortune and a more comfortable life also prompt individuals to leave their place of origin. For some, the departure is forced and the way is treacherous, while others are able to secure safe passage. Each story is unique, and the variety of experiences is endless.