Category Guest post

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 […]

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 […]

Three Necessary Steps to Eradicating Human Trafficking

by Ashraf El Nour A person cannot be a possession. A child should never be a commodity. Human trafficking is a serious crime and a gross violation of human rights and dignity. It can take place in ordinary times and in times of crisis. Human trafficking is the world’s third most profitable criminal activity clandestine […]

Children of Men: The European refugee crisis is a European crisis of conscience

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 […]

Labouring in a Conflict Zone: Lucrative but Dangerous Prospects for Niger’s Migrants in Libya

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 […]

Conflict, insecurity & exploitation: Migration in the Horn of Africa

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 […]

You Make a Decision and You Start Your Journey

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 […]

The EU-Turkey Deal and its Nightmarish Face

By Minem Marouf Dear Friends, this is a call for help. I have been on Lesvos with #HumanityCrew leading a wonderful team of Palestinian volunteers providing psychosocial support among other assistance to refugees arriving to the island by what could only be called ‘the death trip’ from the shores of Turkey. As it is, there […]

Can we do it? A view of the refugee crisis response from Schorndorf, Germany

By Tina Kreitmayr I got back to Germany in September after a year abroad and I was very curious about the situation of refugees in my medium- sized, Southern German home town. I had heard all the great stories about public engagement in Berlin and Munich, but I did not quite know what to expect […]