Category Public Discourse

What a Trump Presidency May Look Like for Immigration

Many people across the United States and around the world are still in shock from the outcome of the U.S. Presidential election this week. The Trump Administration will no doubt have significant impacts on many people in the U.S. and internationally, particularly vulnerable and marginalized populations, and that impact will undoubtedly extend to immigrants and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

How will perceptions of migration influence Britain’s EU referendum?

According to Professor John Curtice from the University of Strathclyde, Britain’s EU referendum is likely to be decided in relation to two ‘poles’ of debate: the economy and immigration. However, if Simon Tilford of The Centre for European Reform is to be believed: If Britain votes to leave the EU it will be because of […]

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 […]

Addicted to volunteering: two personal responses to Hungary’s refugee crisis

The spotlight was on Hungary in the summer of 2015: unable to cope with its refugee crisis on a governmental level, it was criticised worldwide for its hostile policy towards asylum seekers. On the other hand, streets and railway stations were filled with civilian helpers, who quickly organised themselves into informal groups and networks, secretly […]