Late on February 16, 2015, a federal judge in southern Texas issued a temporary injunction ordering the Obama administration to immediately halt implementation of its executive actions on immigration. While not entirely unexpected, the injunction does present a roadblock, albeit hopefully short-lived, to the many undocumented individuals expected to benefit from the President’s deferred action […]

Islam is a controversial topic across the contemporary Western world. Questions about terror, race, violence and identity are often interconnected whenever the topic of the Islamic faith is raised. The Australian sociopolitical climate is becoming increasingly hostile towards Islam and its followers. To discuss these issues I spoke to Abdullahi Alim , 22 year-old Somali-born […]

Rasmus Sørinus Jensen. Photo supplied by Rasmus.

Rasmus Sørinus Jensen is a Danish dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. Over the last five years he travelled throughout the Middle East with a Danish programme which engages children all around the world in storytelling in order to connect with each other. Jensen’s work aimed to encourage children in refugee camps to express themselves, adjust to […]

South Tarawa, Kiribati. Photo by Richard Markham ©  Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/legalcode

Kiribati, a small cluster of islands in the Pacific Ocean, may be completely submerged in water in just a few decades. Residents are already seeing profound effects of climate change in their day-to-day lives, from acidification of the ocean, extreme weather and changes in rainfall patterns, to increasingly poor food security and a contaminated water […]

"CBP checking authenticity of a travel document" by James R. Tourtellotte, CBP, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

  By Tendayi Bloom As the smoke dispersed from New Year’s fireworks displays around the world at the start of 2015, the realities of the migration arms race were playing out. In the Mediterranean on the 31st December and 2nd January, two unmanned cargo ships full of people were left to drift towards Europe. In […]

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It was one of those steamy late June days in Ottawa, blasting sun one minute and drenching rain the next. Inside the minimalist cool of the Carleton University Art Gallery, Professor Graeme Hugo stood at a podium painting vivid pictures of a world in motion. His words were simple, his delivery understated, but Hugo’s presentation […]

By Paul Clewett Current development debates on migration go by and large like this: financial remittance flows often outweigh overseas development assistance and in some places even foreign investment, making them incredibly important for tackling poverty and spurring development. In addition, migrants who can be enticed to return have skills and worldly experience gained abroad that […]

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Would someone who moved to the UK aged three still be ‘a migrant’ ten, twenty, fifty, eighty years after that initial migration? Is a British citizen, born overseas to British parents, ‘a migrant’ if he or she decides to return to live in the UK later in life? In a Migration Observatory Briefing, The Migrationist […]

The Boston Irish Famine Memorial. Photo by Tom McLean.

In the mid 1990s, the 150th anniversary of the Great Famine inspired Irish diaspora communities around the globe to commemorate the deaths of more than one million persons and the displacement of more than two million. These communities were faced with a challenge: how do we publicly memorialise death and survival? Is there a way […]

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If you live in the United States and do not live under a rock, you have likely heard of Serial. A spin-off of the well-regarded NPR podcast This American Life, Serial has been heralded as the first podcast to truly become a pop culture sensation. In this first season, Serial examined the case of a […]

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