The Migrant Crisis on Poland-Belarus Border Is Lukashenko’s Revenge

November 15, 2021

Hundreds of people stand in front of a barbed wire; some try to force it. Behind them are troops encouraging them to break the fence. On the other side are border security guards, ready to push them back. This is a scene from the border between Belarus and Poland, the EU's eastern frontier, on...

Wake Up, Folks: This Is America

June 26, 2018

Americans can no longer fool anyone about who they really are as a nation. It is hard to watch a president of the United States butcher his native language whenever he opens his mouth. Even when trying to articulate a simplistic vision for America and an avenue to get there, little beyond the...

World Refugee Day Challenges Our Humanitarian Sensibilities

June 20, 2018

World Refugee Day should be an observance of communities that have opened their hearts and cities to those in need. While I have often expressed my thoughts about the Syrian, Palestinian and Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, even including the burdens carried by Jordan and Palestine, it is only a...

The US Role in Forced Migration from the Middle East

October 24, 2017

American foreign policy is at the root of forced migration from different parts of the world, and human rights advocates must address the problem at its heart. Human rights advocates and organizers working on immigrants’ rights in the United States must take a broader approach in our advocacy,...

The Journey From Iraq to Europe



Migrants Need Access to Health Care

March 26, 2016

The migrant crisis will impede our ability to deliver Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Post-2015, officials of the United Nations (UN) and other stakeholders started to think carefully about what development meant in this new era. Breaking down perceptions beyond extreme poverty or...

Europe Can Learn Lessons From Brazil

March 19, 2016

Refugees are seen as a burden by the EU. But for Brazilians, born into a country of miscegenation, someone’s origin is not an issue. “Wow, you’re Brazilian! Brazilians are so cool, so nice, so generous! I’ve never met people so open as Brazilians.” I have heard this response many...

Does Turkey Have a Place in Europe?

March 16, 2016

For better or worse, the refugee crisis underscores that Turkey is part of Europe. Pretending otherwise could have disastrous consequences. Europe has a deal on the table to address the current refugee crisis. This week, European leaders are gathering to discuss the particulars. Although the...

The Migrant Crisis… It’s the Economy, Stupid

February 24, 2016

As long as global inequality exists, mass migration will continue to be fueled by war and economic woes. For the past 12 months, headlines over refugees and capsized boats have dominated the news agenda. The first month of 2016 was the deadliest January to date, counting casualties in the...

Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand Are Not Taking Responsibility for Refugees

May 30, 2015

The migrant crisis in Southeast Asia speaks volumes about the region’s limited scope of moral responsibility. The joint announcement that Indonesia and Malaysia would “take in” approximately 7,000 migrants adrift on the high seas implies that they have taken some measure of legal...

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