For those who secure and facilitate our borders, it is not such a small world. Estimates show passenger numbers are expected to double, reaching 7.3 billion by 2034, and freight will quadruple by 2030—placing a considerable strain on government resources, and posing new threats to national security.
Booming populations, like the one in Africa—projected to double to 2.4 billion by 2050—mean that the likely net number of international migrations to Western countries will be about 98 million by 2050.
Such an interconnected world demands that we rethink of how borders and customs agencies operate. Integration is fundamental to any change. Three essential elements can help to deliver integrated border management.