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 […]

An increasing number of U.S. states are evoking state’s rights in order to grant driver’s licenses to their residents, regardless of their immigration status. Individual states, most recently California, have addressed the issue of undocumented drivers on the state level, due to Congress’s continuing inability to pass national legislation regarding immigration reform. The ability to […]

Migration-related debate in Germany, which centred on the housing of refugees throughout the year, reached a new level of controversy in December. At the end of November, a ten-year high of 155,427 applications for asylum since January was recorded. A solid 22% of applications came from war-torn Syria alone. Individual stories like that of Ali Najaf show that refugees […]

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If you’re anything like me, you mine these end-of-the-year book lists for your 2015 “to-read” list. So here’s an immigration-themed to-read list from the contributors here at The Migrationist that spans both fiction and non-fiction.  There’s some themes – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is mentioned by several of us, author W.G. Sebald got multiple shout outs. […]

Exploring immigration and immigrant integration trends through a state and local level lens is increasingly popular among the broader media and national policymakers. More spotlights are being shone on the innovative integration initiatives in a growing number of cities. These initiatives are often the result of cross-sector collaborations of local civic, elected, government, non-profit, business, […]

On December 5th the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Aslum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 (the Bill) passed through the senate. This has significant impacts on refugee law in Australia as the Bill increases Australia’s capacity to dodge its obligations under International Law. No references to the Refugees Convention or its Protocol Despite […]

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On November 20, 2014, in a primetime national address, President Obama ended months of speculation and made good on multiple promises to take action regarding U.S. immigration policy.  The President emphasized that the new initiatives, policies, and programs he was announcing are not a permanent solution to the many problems plaguing our current immigration system […]

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