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This is Moria…

By Erika Frydenlund and Luz Diaz  Lesbos, Greece has been in the global news stream regularly since the 2015 refugee crisis when the island was inundated with boats upon boats of people crossing the Mediterranean from Turkey to seek a better, safer life in Europe. Before the EU-Turkey Statement in March 2016, the refugees landed […]

Partners for Profit: A Benefit for All? On the Migration Museum in London and corporate developers, Greystar

By Shrima Pandey and Lara Ertener London would not be the diverse, successful and open city it is without the many migrants who call it home. A permanent museum celebrating the history of migration would help to ensure people of all ages and backgrounds appreciate both the struggle and triumph experienced by migrant communities moving […]

The Unsafe Third Country Agreement

by Aditya Rao Since the election of President Trump, small border towns across Canada have seen thousands of asylum seekers cross into Canada. In May of last year, a woman died in the cold while trying to cross the border. This January, the small town of Emerson, Manitoba saw a man cross from the United […]

Salvadoran Nationals are Faced with the Reality that TPS was in Fact Temporary

by Karina Guzman Originally published on the Northeastern Law Review Forum On Monday, January 8, 2018, the Trump Administration announced that it would not renew Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Salvadoran and other nationals. As a result, “more than 200,000” non-citizens from El Salvador will be forced to leave the United States. Tal Kopan, Trump Admin […]

El Pueblo Sigue Luchando (The People Keep Fighting)

by Leonard Olsen It was a hot and sticky morning in the central park of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico. Sweating profusely, I quickly realized that me and my towering, 65-liter backpack looked silly surrounded by hundreds of men and women who had packed all of their belongings into a gym bag. I paused to look around […]

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 […]

“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 […]