Category Politics & Policy

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments Regarding Obama’s Deferred Action Programs

On April 18, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas, the lawsuit brought by Texas and 25 other states attempting to invalidate President Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration. The ramifications of the Court’s decision in June will have lasting effects, whichever side wins. President Obama announced in November 2014 […]

A warning from an Australian: do not let your immigration detention centres out of sight

I’ve been living on Lesbos since November. As a volunteer, and then as an NGO employee, I moved freely in and out of temporary accommodation sites for refugees (otherwise known as refugee camps) doing my daily work. When the EU-Turkey deal came into force and the EU started deporting newcomers to Turkey, the camps on […]

Losing souls to save face: the EU-Turkey deal

There are only six kilometres in the strait of Mytilene between Lesvos and the Ayvalik islands in Turkey. In the summer the deep blues of the eastern Aegean are complemented by a backdrop of lush green and yellow hills from the surrounding islands. In the winter the calm seas swell to short sharp waves as […]

Facebook, flyers and drone surveillance: information and politics in refugee protection

The European refugee crisis highlights the competing interests of control and protection when dealing with irregular migration. States and refugees have opposing needs for information, while agencies that try to protect migrants sit uneasily in the middle. Ghaith, a young law student from Syria, crosses ten borders on his journey from Damascus to Gothenburg. Retold […]

Learning to see: Child trafficking and the burden of public awareness

Human trafficking is often referred to, or used interchangeably with, modern day slavery. Most commonly these terms bring up imagery of shackles, complete servitude, and restricted movement. While these situations can be realities, the phenomenon of human trafficking is more complex and can manifest in diverse ways. Given the complexities and diversities of human trafficking, […]

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 […]

Is bitcoin the new way to buy a new roof for your family back home?

In the last five years, the world of financial tech start-ups seems to have zeroed in on what was previously a fairly uncompetitive market: remittance transfers from migrant workers. Azimo is a mobile and internet-based remittance service based in the UK that offers an alternative to traditional money transfers. It’s specifically geared toward migrants and […]

One of those moments: Trump, immigration and Islam during the 2016 election

  By Tendayi Bloom This is a blog post that I drafted a couple of months ago and it was then shelved. I come back to it as Donald Trump won the Republican primary in Nevada, with 45.9 per cent of the vote, after winning in New Hampshire with 35.3 per cent of the Republican […]

Kenyan camps are not a long-term solution

In theory, refugee camps are temporary spaces created in response to emergencies, where displaced people live before they are either repatriated of their own will in a post-conflict setting, or are settled safely in a legal agreement made with a third country. In reality, Kenya’s two major refugee camp settlements, Dadaab and Kakuma, reflect protracted […]

Cuban Migrants Flock to U.S., Fearing End to Generous U.S.-Cuban Immigration Policies

Since President Obama’s announcement in December 2014 that the United States would begin to “normalize relations” between the U.S. and Cuba, there has been a 78% increase in the number of Cubans seeking to enter the United States. The Obama administration’s reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and high-level negotiations on other issues […]