The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) and the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) will jointly organise a Workshop on "Muslim Diaspora: Prospects and Challenges for Global Peace and Prosperity" on 12-13 May 2018, in the historical city of Istanbul, Turkey. The Workshop will bring together representatives of governments from key diaspora authorities of OIC Member States, representatives of regional, international and OIC institutions, as well as NGOs.
The 2-day workshop will explore the collaboration opportunities among Diaspora Authorities of the OIC Member Countries that are in charge of the citizens living abroad. The Workshop will gather information on policies and works done by the OIC Member States on Diasporic communities to improve the overall economic, social, and political well-being and enhance their success including their contributions, both in the host countries and the countries of origin.
Although a large number of Muslim population continues to live in Asian-Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa, a considerable number lives in “non-Muslim” countries and the number is growing every day.
It is estimated that Muslims will constitute 8 percent of the European population by 2030 and 2.1 percent of the American population by 2050. Countries like Belgium, Canada and Netherlands will be in the top seven countries who will host more than 1 million Muslims until 2030.
These numbers indicate that the size of diaspora Muslim communities is growing rapidly and therefore it is critical to pay attention not only to their problems and challenges, but also to improve the conditions and opportunities for them to make a greater and impactful contribution to the social, cultural, economic and political life of their countries.