Category Culture & Integration

Cry the Beloved Prejudice: Reflections on South Africa

A few weeks ago I discovered an intruder in my back yard. An uninvited guest who had taken root among the natives. When I asked my gardener about the exotic foreigner who seemed so nonchalant about interrupting my peace and quiet (and views), he simply replied, “definitely not from here. Probably South African.” Strange. If […]

Germany Can Learn from Uganda: the Case for Local Integration of Refugees

The arrival of many hundred thousand people fleeing the Syrian civil war raises existential questions in all European countries. Political leaders across the continent respond to the perceived concerns of their citizens by painting challenges of integration as a reason to slow down or stop the influx. The European view of the crisis can benefit […]

How a Cultural Institution Can Shape Receptivity in a New Immigrant Destination

The news media and broader discourse has recently featured the concept of receptivity toward migrants and refugees more prominently—as my colleagues here at The Migrationist have described here, here, here, here, and here. The recent spotlight on refugees arriving in Europe has sparked debate among European countries as to just how welcoming Europe should and […]

Welcoming Week Highlights Communities Sending a Message of Welcome

This week is National Welcoming Week in the United States. National Welcoming Week is a series of local events in towns and cities across the U.S. intended to highlight the contributions of immigrants and refugees to communities, build bridges among diverse local residents, and spur local policy on inclusion. This growing message of welcome isn’t […]

Alan’s story: You Have the Power

The world awoke today to news that Alan Kurdi, the little boy whose lifeless body was found on a Turkish beach yesterday, was part of a Syrian refugee family who may have applied for asylum in Canada – and been rejected. Suddenly, both the bloody Syrian conflict and the international migration crisis have landed on […]

The Migrants Keep Coming: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

What are the greatest achievements in American arts on the theme of migration? John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath comes to mind, as do Dorothea Lange’s photographs of migrant farm families. I would add Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series now on show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In sixty small panel paintings, Lawrence […]

Trampoline House: Space for Connection in Copenhagen

Starting from the end of May, against the backdrop of streets drowning in election posters, a series of cultural and artistic events emerge in the weather-wise frozen Copenhagen. It seems like all cultural operators and organizers are mobilizing themselves – and also the artists and their audience – by a more or less accidental common […]

Whose ‘home’ is here? Equal access to education in the UK

Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Despite declarations […]

Fading sense of hope: How re-watching “Children of Men” helps us see immigration control from the other end

It is a dull, drab and dingy world in which Children of Men unfolds. 2027 London presents itself in fading colours, public spaces are dominated by brutal security infrastructure and the city itself shouts its deep unease in xenophobic warning signs and radical graffiti. Outside the city, the English countryside breathes a worn-out air of spent […]

The End of Germany’s Residenzpflicht through the Municipal Example

by Kelly M. Miller Out of the 28 member states of the European Union, Germany currently accepts the greatest number of applicants for asylum. Relative to its population – the greatest in the EU – and robust economy, Germany’s contribution to the EU’s more recent attempts to better share the financial burden of refugees equally across […]