Plaza-Midwood neighborhood on Central Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by James Willamor.

Like many metropolitan areas in the U.S. South, Charlotte, North Carolina has grown rapidly over the past two decades. As the Charlotte Observer Editorial Board recently remarked, “Charlotte, for centuries a Southern town of black and white, has grown overnight into a global city of many hues.” This expansion includes one of the fastest growth […]

Lilla and her son and daughter. Photo courtesy of Lilla.

Lilla Proics, a teacher and journalist in Hungary, arrived in Cairns, Australia last summer with her son and daughter. The town is a regional centre and attractive tourist spot in Australia’s north. With a fabulous coral reef in close proximity and rainforests all around, it seemed to be the perfect choice for a potential immigrant. […]

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Juan journeyed to the United States from his native El Salvador at the age of 13 after experiencing years of familial neglect and threats from armed gang members.  When Juan was an infant, his father abandoned him and his mother, claiming that Juan was not his son and refusing to have any further contact with […]

Josef Koudelka, Slovakia (negative 1963; print 1967) gelatin silver print. Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago, Amanda Taub Veazie Endowment and Photography Gala Fund, 2013.1223. © Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos.

So, what nationality are you?” In my Omaha grade school in the mid-1970s, we’d ask each other this question with deep concern. I had friends who claimed Irish with pride (especially around St Patrick’s Day, or when the Boston Celtics were in the playoffs—thanks to a guy named Havlicek, but never mind). German was a […]

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 […]

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