Syrians and Iraq refugees arrive at Skala Sykamias, Lesvos, Greece (2015). Photo by Georgios Giannopoulos. By Ggia - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

By P.J. Marcelino, with Maria João Ferreira and Natalia Lippmann Mazzaglia (This blog post is based on the authors’ chapter titled ‘Liminality and Migrant Decision-Making in the Aftermath of the Political and Refugee Crises in the Mediterranean, 2010-2013’, published in the book Understanding Migrant Decisions, Belachew Gebrewold and Tendayi Bloom, Eds. Routledge 2016. Special thanks […]

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By: Julie Snorek, Victoria Sibson and Andrew Seal This blog post is based on the authors’ chapter of the same title in the book Understanding Migrant Decisions, Belachew Gebrewold and Tendayi Bloom, Eds. Routledge 2016. The chaos and confusion in Libya contribute to an increasing trend in migration from West Africa to Europe. Yet, seasonal and economic migrants […]

Mazrak camp in the tough mountainous scrublands of Yemen's north-west border with Saudi Arabia is now home to more than 10,000 people displaced by the escalating war between the government and rebels from the Huthi clan.

This blog post represents one of a series marking the publication of a new book, Understanding Migrant Decisions, edited by Belachew Gebrewold and Tendayi Bloom. It includes material presented in Chapter One of the book. By Belachew Gebrewold The Horn of Africa is marred by complex and systematic internal and external political, economic and social-cultural factors that result in […]

Iddrisu Wari at an event of the organisation he founded, CEHDA Ghana. The image is taken in Barcelona, Spain.

by Iddrisu Wari Founder of CEHDA This blog post is composed of excerpts from a chapter of the same title in the book Understanding Migrant Decisions, edited by Belachew Gebrewold and Tendayi Bloom, Routledge 2016. Potential migrants in Sub-Saharan countries often do not know much about the situation in Europe. For them, they cannot imagine that […]

Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France. Photo by Paul McDaniel.

Europe is in a “polycrisis.” That was the theme of a workshop I recently attended, along with colleagues from Kennesaw State University, at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen, in Germany. “Polycrisis” in this case refers to the challenges faced by European Union (EU) member states, including financial problems, terrorist threats, and, in particular, the increase in […]

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In 2002 I visited Poland for the first time. I took an overnight train from Berlin and arrived in Katowice on a freezing November morning. The skies were overcast, buses belched smoke, and the ground was covered in muddy ice and snow. In other words, it was miserable. And yet, as I made my way […]

Neema, a Congolese refugee running a wholesale jewelry shop with her husband in Kampala (Photo by Flavie Halais, used with permission).

How do refugees and other forced migrants impact their host communities? Do they take local jobs? Are they reliant on aid? How do r efugees around the world maintain livelihoods in the face of insecurity, instability and precarity? The Refugee Economics project is a multi-site reporting project headed by Montreal-based journalist Flavie Halais that seeks to answer […]

Unfreeze DAPA Rally Photo by Victoria Pickering

On April 18, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas, the lawsuit brought by Texas and 25 other states attempting to invalidate President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. The ramifications of the Court’s decision in June will have lasting effects, whichever side wins. President Obama announced in November 2014 […]

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I’ve been living on Lesbos since November. As a volunteer, and then as an NGO employee, I moved freely in and out of temporary accommodation sites for refugees (otherwise known as refugee camps) doing my daily work. When the EU-Turkey deal came into force and the EU started deporting newcomers to Turkey, the camps on […]

A refugee boat arrives on Lesvos, October 2015. Photo by
Marienna Pope-Weidemann.

There are only six kilometres in the strait of Mytilene between Lesvos and the Ayvalik islands in Turkey. In the summer the deep blues of the eastern Aegean are complemented by a backdrop of lush green and yellow hills from the surrounding islands. In the winter the calm seas swell to short sharp waves as […]

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