Migration and Mobility: Yesterday and Today

With more than 80 million forcibly displaced people in the world and another 260-plus million international migrants, humans seem to be on the move. History allows us a glimpse at the motivations and predicaments people face today and in the future.

It’s Time to Demand Something Better

January 02, 2019

Without collective introspection and a marginalization of those who aren’t interested, the human tragedy that plays out every day in America will continue to be normalized. It seems like “implosion” should be the word of the day or week. I think that the end of the Trump disaster is at...

Donald Trump Doesn’t Need Proof

October 26, 2018

Donald Trump’s version of hyperreality offers us proof that we no longer need reality. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. Only extremely resilient and enterprising people can manage to create and maintain hyperreality — the artificial universe that some people want to believe replaces...

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...

Immigration is a Tale of Two Countries

Germany and Mexico must remain vigilant to prevent public perceptions from negatively impacting their asylum, refugee and migration policies. Germany is facing the most important immigration crisis in its history since World War II. The recent attacks that took place on three consecutive days in...

Refugees Suffer the Monster of Our Indifference

June 20, 2016

The people who suffer the most at the hands of our monsters are the ones we do not care to see, says Maria Khwaja. It is 3:50AM in Amman, Jordan. The call to prayer echoes across the city. I have just finished suhoor, the morning Ramadan meal. We are meant to be 30 minutes from the Syrian border...

Responding to the Cologne Sex Attacks

January 06, 2016

Malte Patrik Rosenberger writes to a friend in Bahrain in response to the attacks in Germany on New Year’s Eve. I am very thankful that you chose to share your thoughts with me about the assaults that took place during New Year’s Eve at the central train station in Cologne, Germany. I...

Migrant Trade in Lawless Libya Traps Refugees

October 05, 2015

Fleeing war, violence and economic hardship, migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea have one aim: Europe or die. Following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been sporting a rambunctious new democracy that split the country into two warring governments, with militias running large...

Immigrants in Germany Present Five Challenges and Six Opportunities

September 12, 2015

Aging Germany is likely to overcome the challenges and benefit greatly from the influx of immigrants, given its experience and economic strength. Many of my non-German friends ask me how are we handling the huge numbers of immigrants coming to Germany and how will we continue to do so in the...

Europe Needs to Make Migration Safer… and Fast

September 03, 2015

For the refugees pouring into Europe, their journeys can be just as deadly as the war zones they're fleeing. Peter, a Sierra Leone migrant living in Hungary, is one of the lucky ones. He has a job. He has a supportive community of friends. After seven years in the country, the Hungarian...

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