Beacon Press, 2014

Aviva Chomsky’s most recent book, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (Beacon Press, 2014), brings up a common narrative most American children learn early on in school: “We are a country of immigrants.” Throughout the book, Chomsky questions the historically situated ways in which we have defined who is an immigrant and who is not, largely […]

Will Allen. Photo credit: The Migration Observatory

As a journalist I’ve long been fascinated by the interplay between public opinion, politics and migration policy, and you can’t unpack the complexities of public opinion without talking about how migrants are portrayed in the media, as Amy Clarke noted here last month. What we read or hear feeds our world view, but the exact […]

The geography of immigrant settlement in the United States has undergone many transitions. In the past, immigrants largely settled in traditional gateway cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. While those cities continue to receive immigrant newcomers, immigrant settlement patterns in the U.S. today differ dramatically from the past. Not only […]

The interviewee - photo courtesy of Denis.

When a person arrives from Africa to Scandinavia, the narrative of their arrival – migration, asylum-seeking and escape; humiliation, danger and life-threatening paths – is often full of soreness and humanitarian catastrophes, to say the least. This interview outlines a positive story on overcoming difficulties: The story of Denis is a success story. A success […]

Photo credit Alejandro Mejía Greene

Last month, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a landmark precedent decision in a Guatemalan woman’s asylum case.  In Matter of A-R-C-G- et al., the BIA held for the first time that survivors of domestic violence may qualify for asylum in the United States based on the harm they have suffered.  While the decision […]

There is an art to navigating any government office or department. I would imagine this holds true in any country. That art is developed through careful research and creating social networks, so when the research is unavailable, you can always “ask around.” In particular, this “asking around” is all too common when trying to navigate […]

This week the UK government committed £12 million to a joint intervention fund intended to support France in policing the UK border at Calais. As the closest port to the UK, Calais has been a transit point for migrants hoping to get to the UK from the Middle East, Asia and Africa for much of […]

By Alaide Vilchis Ibarra Recently, there have been a number of efforts in Congress to strip funding for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program announced by President Obama in 2012 granting relief from deportation and a work permit to eligible young undocumented migrants known as DREAMers. From House Republicans passing the No More […]

As the world approaches its 2015 deadline to achieve the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals, a variety of voices are beginning to assess and comment upon what progress has been made on reaching each goal, and how much further we have to go. The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of targets […]

A child of the Embera people, displaced by armed conflict, in Rio Suchio, Colombia. Rio Suchio, Colombia. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Conflict, whether fought between legitimate state actors or among violent non-state actors, induces different forms of migration. In order to escape targeted killings, forced recruitment, or general violence, individuals and communities will relocate to avoid becoming involved in or a casualty of a conflict. This movement can be prompted instantaneously or be employed as a […]

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