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Yemen’s Water Collapse: The Impending Arabian Human Migration Crisis

By Adela Jones Environmental stressors present a series of challenges on global migration patterns due to their affect on human survivability. Variations in accessibility to vital natural resources, such as freshwater and arable land for crop production, are natural climatic fluctuations likely to be exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change. Periodic droughts are expected to become […]

The Impossibility of Consent: why border control makes government illegitimate

By Rachel Scott No politician (at least publicly) wants to be a dictator. They want to believe that when they set laws, or lock someone up for breaking them, that it’s morally okay for them to do that. They want to be legitimate. And we want that too. Most of us want to believe that […]

A Close Look at Broad Trends: Migration in the Americas through the Lens of One Nicaraguan Migrant

By Gloriana Sojo Migration in the Americas has long been dichotomized as a “South” to “North” movement. That is, people moving from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to the United States and Canada. However, a closer look at the region – and the available data – reveal much less unidirectional, and more dynamic and […]

Refugee Quota: the end of the EU or the beginning of collective humanitarianism

By Kelly M. Miller  “Although I’m an optimist, these days, a lot of people have doubts about whether this kind of Europe still has a chance… We are currently witnessing in real time what a continent looks like which has no common ground, which has no Europe, no union.” These words from EU Commission president […]

Refugees Welcome: A Look at How Spain is Handling the Current European Refugee Crisis

By Paul Stern Amidst the current coverage of the European refugee crisis one would be hard pressed to find too many examples of European governments being overwhelmingly supportive of incoming refugees. Mixed with anti-immigration policy stances, some elected officials have shown no regard for the humanitarian crisis faced by millions of individuals fleeing their home […]

Violating the Prohibition on Refoulement: How The US and Europe Fail Treaty Obligations in the Wake of Mass Migration

By Rosemary Laughton In French, refoulement means to drive back or reject. In law, refoulement is defined as the expulsion of someone who has the right to be recognized as a refugee. It is considered an offense so grave that international bodies expressly have prohibited it through treaties. In the wake of displacement after World […]

Morning at Moria: Hope and despair at a Greek centre for processing refugees

By Smaro Pegiou Last July, I had the opportunity to visit the Moria First Reception Centre (Moria camp) for asylum seekers. They are arriving in massive numbers by boat to Mytileni, the main port of the Greek island of Lesvos. Located in the northeastern Aegean Sea, Lesvos is very close to the Turkish coast, making it […]

Amid Failed “Re-Nationalization” Efforts, Tens of Thousands of Longstanding Dominican Nationals Fear Mass Deportation

By Seth Garfinkel For many, the Dominican Republic is a luxury vacation destination with cruise ships, all-inclusive beach resorts, and a training ground for Major League Baseball. But off the pitching mounds and outside the gated hotels, conflict troubles the Caribbean island. With the implementation of an immigration policy that human rights groups see as […]

Review of ‘Homesickness: An American History’ by Susan J. Matt

By Sara Burnett In a nation that’s been around for over 200 years, a surprising number of Americans still trace their ancestry to the countries where their families immigrated from before they came to the U.S.  Among the many persistent myths of U.S. immigration, is the one of eternal optimism and relentless enthusiasm despite the […]

Are Immigrants the Key to Social Security Solvency?

by Paul Stern As the march towards the 2016 campaign season begins, the United States of America will once again face tough questions about how to address the issues facing our nation. Among these issues is the rapidly increasing threat to the Social Security program created by a shrinking workforce and subsequently growing retiree population. […]