Author Archives: The Migrationist

Border walls overlook the realities of migrant deaths, shifting demographics, and humanitarian crises

By Sara Staedicke President Trump’s Executive Order promising to build a “great, great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border was intended to portray the President as a man of action following through on his campaign promises. But how effective would a southern border wall be in practice? Experience tells us that walls fail to prevent migration […]

The Lesson of the San Antonio Smuggling Case: The US Needs Immigration Reform

By Aaron Robles On Sunday July 24, 2017, a semi-truck driver stopped in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, to inspect the contents of his trailer. As he lifted the latch to the rear door and opened the container, he found a dreadful scene- scores of immigrants dying of heat exhaustion. Earlier that […]

Strong partnership with North Africa lacking but necessary in Europe’s refugee response

By Luca Orfanò When on 3 October 2013, a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa, the entire world witnessed the ineptitude of the world’s richest continent in front of a group of terrorized and desperate refugees. That night, more than 350 women, children and men lost their […]

“Why does the media keep showing those same pictures?” A Greek host community’s ongoing struggle

By Erika Frydenlund The storybook setting of Molyvos, on the serene island of Lesvos, Greece, makes it easy to overlook the profound changes to the community wrought by the Syrian refugee crisis. Narrow cobblestone roads wind dramatically up the hillside, and small restaurants boast spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the shores of Turkey […]

Australian politics explainer: the White Australia policy

By Benjamin T. Jones The Conversation is running a series of explainers on key moments in Australian political history, looking at what happened, its impact then, and its relevance to politics today. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has repeatedly claimed that Australia is the world’s most successful multicultural nation. While the sentiment has bipartisan support today, […]

The Forgotten Soldiers of Lesvos

By Shala Gafary The Trump supporters were right — militants are among the refugees arriving in Europe. Men who know how shoot a gun, kill their enemy, and pluck an aircraft of the sky. They are fanatic in their beliefs and relentless in their objectives. Our land is ours and we are willing to give up our […]

Favorite Immigration Reads of 2016

As in 2014 and 2015, these books on our annual list weren’t necessarily published in 2016.  Rather, this is an opportunity for contributors and guest contributors to share their favorite migration related reads of the year with our readers. – The Editors. Stacy Jones – Two years ago, actress Diane Guerrero made headlines when she […]

Helping Immigrants in America

Are you looking for a way to support immigrants in the United States? Here are some organizations doing good work to advocate for and represent immigrants around the country. To add suggestions (or corrections) to this list, please contact us and include the link, a brief description, and the location(s). ACLU National, ACLU Regional Center for Border […]

Refugees Welcome (Except For Afghans)

By Shala Gafary The powers that be clearly have a major case of cognitive dissonance when it comes to Afghanistan. Day by day, the Taliban grow increasingly bold in their attacks and are projected to gain more ground. ISIS terrorizes peaceful protests in Kabul. Pro-government forces are also to blame for killing innocents. Even the […]

Insights from Calais: The Hungry Road

People around the world were propelled into action at the sight of little Alan Kurdi’s body lying alone on the sand. The tragedy of displacement is often communicated by images of bodies on beaches and packed sinking boats. But if Alan Kurdi had been alive to tell his story, if he had arrived on that […]