Tag Archives: personal stories

‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ … almost fiction

‘We could all live on drugs, pee in our pants, drown in mud and puke sitting in the streets, covered with self-pity, if we really insist on indulging our hardships and scars, right?’ says R. No, he does not say it. He spits it, he yells, thunders it with his glass-blue eyes lightning through the […]

Another Home for Us

There are Hungarians living in at least four countries outside of the borders of the country: Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine. There are also smaller diaspora groups living in Slovenia and Croatia. The biggest community is the Transylvanian one in Romania which, after more than twenty years of massive emigration, still consists of almost 2 […]

Life, In Waiting

By Jennifer A. It arrived in an unmarked, white envelope, next to overly zealous credit card offers and grocery store discounts. A moment two decades in the making. A bittersweet sigh of relief washed over me as I grasped the holographic, green-tinted card in my hands. Is this it? Every hour, I ran my fingers […]

Hacking migration: Bringing Silicon Valley’s hackathon vibe to the study of migration

I’m the least tech-savvy person I know, next to my mother. I rely on my laptop and Blackberry to get me through the day but the thought of programming code gives me the shakes. I am in awe that there are people in this world who don’t just like to code, they often do it […]

Paperless Ghosts

by Manuel Montenegro There was no single moment of clarity. No shocking revelation. No screaming matches with my mother berating her for keeping it a secret. For as long as I can remember, I always knew I was an undocumented immigrant. My status was as much a part of my life as my family’s daily balancing […]

Transparent

There is a man standing by our table. I sit fidgeting with my newly bought pearl necklace on the terrace of a high-end restaurant in Parma. The waiter is fast and funny like in old French comedies and, apart from us, only a loud and suntanned family enjoy their lunch. The man standing by our […]

Dividing the Sky: the Fortification of the U.S.-Mexico Border

“No other border in the world exhibits the inequality of power, economics, and the human condition as does this one.” (Alvarez) The “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013” is slowly making its way through the American Congressional system, and it has been brilliantly summarized here by The Migrationist’s Amy Grenier. While […]

UK Immigration Clampdown Tears Families Apart

I thought I knew about immigration policy. I read about it, I wrote about it. I even studied it. I went to lectures, where people with multiple degrees presented complex economic models and talked at length about border security, and visas, and ‘managing migration’. But in late January, for the first time, I felt it. […]