As a cartoon of the 19th century demonstrates, The US has a long history of controversy over exclusionist immigration policies.

I recently had a chance to read a book that I’ve been wanting to dive into for years. Immigration Stories, edited by David A. Martin and Peter H. Schuck, is part of the Stories Series, which relates the political and historical context behind some of the more important case law in a variety of different […]

by Paul Stern As the march towards the 2016 campaign season begins, the United States of America will once again face tough questions about how to address the issues facing our nation. Among these issues is the rapidly increasing threat to the Social Security program created by a shrinking workforce and subsequently growing retiree population. […]

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What are the greatest achievements in American arts on the theme of migration? John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath comes to mind, as do Dorothea Lange’s photographs of migrant farm families. I would add Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series now on show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In sixty small panel paintings, Lawrence […]

Trampoline House offers counselling, education and community. Photo by Copenhagen Voice.

Starting from the end of May, against the backdrop of streets drowning in election posters, a series of cultural and artistic events emerge in the weather-wise frozen Copenhagen. It seems like all cultural operators and organizers are mobilizing themselves – and also the artists and their audience – by a more or less accidental common […]

The term ‘refugee’ has been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years to generally mean ‘a person who has sought refuge’. The legal definition, set by the 1951 Refugee Convention, is far less flexible in who it does and does not apply to, and subsequently afford rights to. Article 1 of the Convention defines a […]

Fence arround the Spanish enclave of Melilla. By Sara Prestianni under Creative Commons License.

By Alex Johnson Next month will mark the 26th anniversary of the ‘Pan-European Picnic’, a day that changed the face of Europe. On 19 August 1989, Communist Hungary stopped policing its border with Austria, allowing some 600 East Germans holidaying at Lake Balaton to cross over to the West. Soon after, the Hungarian authorities officially […]

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By Gloriana Sojo with contributions from Megha Rimal and Deepan Acahrya The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) designated June 20 World Refugee Day: the day the world celebrates ‘the strength, courage, and resilience of millions of refugees’. Much of what we know and see of refugees concerns their initial displacement in the midst […]

By Alex Johnson “They are all slashing their wrists apparently. Let them slash their wrists.” These are the words of a guard at Yarl’s Wood asylum detention centre captured by an undercover film broadcast in March. Staff at the facility were recorded referring to detainees as “animals” and “bitches” while encouraging violence and racism. Following […]

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Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Despite declarations […]

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On April 10, 2015, then-Attorney General Eric Holder issued a legal decision that, while only five pages, will have immense consequences for noncitizens facing deportation as a result of prior criminal convictions. The opinion reintroduces stability and clarity to immigration proceedings by vacating (setting aside) an earlier opinion by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who […]

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