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.

EU Migration Policy Bears No Relation to Reality

December 12, 2018

The European Union is operating in crisis mode with its migration policy by wrongly focusing on containment. Issues of migration and forced displacement have dominated public debate in EU member states for the third consecutive year. The feeling of having lost control over immigration weighs...

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,...

Migration is Here to Stay

April 28, 2016

Much of the policy discourse on migration continues to harp on its destabilizing effects without recognizing its transformative potential for the poor. Migration has been a recurring phenomenon throughout human history. Since time immemorial, man has perpetually been on the move in search of...

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...

The World This Week: A New Age of Migration

August 22, 2015

Millions are fleeing their homelands for their lives, and hundreds of millions are leaving ancestral villages for cities in search of better lives. Homo sapiens sapiens is the Latin name for the subspecies that human beings belong to. Apparently, this subspecies originated in East Africa and...

Remittances Play a Dual Role in Developing Economies

April 03, 2015

Remittances play a vital role in spurring economic development and providing financial assistance to those in need. Western Union’s distinct yellow and black signs litter small towns across America. One of their largest customer bases are migrants who regularly visit their local Western Union...

Harsh Times for Rural Migrants in Morocco

November 19, 2014

With high illiteracy rates in Morocco, rural migrants traveling to the big city are at risk of not finding a suitable job and ending up homeless. I live in an affluent, middle-class area of Casablanca with a number of fancy 4x4s and sports cars. People who live here clearly have money. If you...

Bangladeshi Workers Organize to Protect Their Most Valuable Export: Themselves

October 03, 2014

Migrant domestic workers from Bangladesh enjoy little protection from their government, but they’re not alone. May: Banani, Dhaka, Bangladesh “Mariah” is a small woman with an unexpectedly intense stare. All of us in the hotel conference room crane our necks to see her, as she rises to...

The Misconception of Modern Slavery: Reinterpreting Forced Labour

May 17, 2013

The dominant terminology on forced labour relations is too rigid in assuming the existence of two homogeneous but separated groups of workers. "For three hundred years, the most powerful nations on earth grew richer and stronger on the profits of slave trade. Over twelve million men, women...

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