Tag Archives: Syria

Paris Terrorist Attacks Lead to Backlash Against Syrian Refugees in U.S.

As the Syrian civil war rages on and ISIL continues to wreak havoc in the Middle East, over four million Syrian refugees have fled their homes seeking safety in refugee camps and other countries around the world. European leaders continue to strive for workable solutions as they struggle to respond to the thousands of refugees, […]

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 […]

Alan’s story: You Have the Power

The world awoke today to news that Alan Kurdi, the little boy whose lifeless body was found on a Turkish beach yesterday, was part of a Syrian refugee family who may have applied for asylum in Canada – and been rejected. Suddenly, both the bloody Syrian conflict and the international migration crisis have landed on […]

“Swarms” from “the Jungle”: Calais and the new refugee reality

By Alex Johnson Make no mistake, what’s happening at the Channel Tunnel entrance in Calais is not a temporary crisis. This is not a short term problem, a blip before a return to regular programming. From Lesvos to Lampedusa, from Ceuta to Calais, the flow of desperate people seeking refuge from war and hunger shows […]

‘If we want people to come the legal way, we have to clean up our act’: Part II of The Migrationist’s one-on-one with the UN’s independent expert on the human rights of migrants

Earlier this week we posted Part I of our interview with François Crépeau, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants. Crépeau is also the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where his research focus includes migration control mechanisms […]

Blood amid the strawberries: Greece’s migrants and the struggle for dignity

By Alex Johnson According to Greek mythology as the beautiful but mortal Adonis bled to death in the arms of Aphrodite, the Goddess wept tears of small red hearts, or strawberries. If you’ve ever tasted a Greek strawberry, it most likely came from the fruit fields of Manolada. The vast rural plain in the western […]

The world according to Mahmoud

by Henry Sherrell “My brother from another mother, how are you?” He loves to talk. A young man with dark summer skin lurches a hand towards me. I find it difficult to brush off people, a required skill for most tourist destinations. Ten seconds of chit-chat and he wishes me well on my adventures, sensing […]