Category Politics & Policy

Alone in the Sand: Syrian Refugee Children Abandoned by European Governments

In 1938, a young British stockbroker named Nicholas Winton travelled to Prague. On the eve of the Second World War, he evacuated 669 mostly Jewish children from occupied Czechoslovakia to Britain. In the UK he is celebrated as a hero. Just over a year ago, Sir Nicholas Winton died peacefully aged 106. Thanks to him […]

How They Stack Up – Part III: The Libertarian and Green Parties and their Nominees

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States, there are drastic differences in the tone and approach toward immigration by the major political parties and their nominees. But what exactly are some of their proposals for changes to U.S. immigration policy? This is the final post in a three-part series […]

How They Stack Up – Part II: The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States, there are drastic differences in the tone and approach toward immigration by the major political parties and their nominees. But what exactly are some of their proposals for changes to U.S. immigration policy? This post is the second in a three-part series […]

How they stack up – Part I: Comparing the immigration policies of nominees for U.S. President and their Parties

In the run up to the 2016 presidential election in the United States, there are drastic differences in the tone and approach toward immigration by the major political parties and their nominees. But what exactly are some of their proposals for changes to U.S. immigration policy? This post is the first in a three-part series […]

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 […]

Shaping and Reshaping Identity on Immigrant and Refugee Receptivity

Europe is in a “polycrisis.” That was the theme of a workshop I recently attended, along with colleagues from Kennesaw State University, at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen, in Germany. “Polycrisis” in this case refers to the challenges faced by European Union (EU) member states, including financial problems, terrorist threats, and, in particular, the increase in […]

Telling Refugees’ Stories: The Voices Hidden Behind the Panic

How do refugees and other forced migrants impact their host communities? Do they take local jobs? Are they reliant on aid? How do r efugees around the world maintain livelihoods in the face of insecurity, instability and precarity? The Refugee Economics project is a multi-site reporting project headed by Montreal-based journalist Flavie Halais that seeks to answer […]