St George's Day celebrations, Trafalgar Square, London. By Garry Knight.

In 2011, the UK Census included a question about national identity for the first time. That is, the extent to which people self-identify in relation to a nation. The results showed the growing salience of Britain’s identities: Scottish, Welsh and English. Yet these identities are experienced differently by Britain’s different migrant and ethnic communities. As […]

Part of the Canadian government's campaign to raise public awareness of the pitfalls of marriage fraud.

Many years ago, a friend in Europe told me her brother was about to commit marriage fraud. Only we would never have called it that. We were in our 20s and thought it compassionate and noble, not fraudulent, that a gay man was marrying a straight female friend to secure her status in a certain […]

Photo by U.S. Department of State (IIP Bureau).

While there has been growing momentum at the local level around place-based immigrant and refugee integration efforts in recent years, there hasn’t been an official coordinated effort for a federal immigrant integration strategy. That changed this week when the White House Task Force on New Americans—an interagency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to […]

By Erica Consterdine I was asked recently which political party has the most comprehensive immigration policy. I was stumped. Not through ignorance so much as the lack of policy substance announced by any of the parties. Perhaps this simply reflects the age-old strategy of parties keeping their cards close to their chest, and with the […]

From the New York City promotional campaign for IDNYC, its new, inclusive identification program.

As the federal government of the United States continues to stall on reforming the existing immigration system, individual states are taking it upon themselves to create new programs and services that meet the needs of their population. Significant media attention has focused on states such as Maryland or California that have issued driver’s licenses to residents without […]

Type the question ‘Are older people more prejudiced?’ into google and the first article to pop up clearly states that “Older People Are More Prejudiced — And They Can’t Help It”. The second, that “there are a lot of clichés thrown around about the elderly, but one that seems to be true — or at […]

Strawberry pickers,  Noborder Network under Creative Commons license. Photo by indymedia athens.

By Alex Johnson According to Greek mythology as the beautiful but mortal Adonis bled to death in the arms of Aphrodite, the Goddess wept tears of small red hearts, or strawberries. If you’ve ever tasted a Greek strawberry, it most likely came from the fruit fields of Manolada. The vast rural plain in the western […]

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If you are a low-wage migrant worker from the Philippines, Nepal, or Bangladesh, the first photos of your newborn daughter might be the ones you see on Facebook as you sit in an internet café on your one day off from work. You might hear that your younger brother is going to be married from […]

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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