Germany’s Refugees Face a Future Without Angela Merkel

April 08, 2021

In 2015, the European refugee crisis awoke Germans from a long and comforting slumber that Angela Merkel had lulled them into with her political style. The term “asymmetric demobilization” came to be known as a way of describing the German chancellor’s shrewd strategy of sitting on the fence...

Hosting Refugees and Migrants Is a Global Public Good

July 16, 2020

On June 20, we celebrated World Refugee Day. This was an opportune time for us all to pay attention to the challenge of forced displacement today. Strikingly, the world is facing the largest forced displacement crisis since World War II, with nearly 80 million people having fled their countries...

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...

Looking for Peace on a Forgotten Island in DRC

November 15, 2016

An island on Lake Kivu provides a sanctuary from war in the region. It only takes one hour to reach the island of Idjwi by speedboat that sails between two of the main cities in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) South Kivu region, Goma and Bukavu. The lush green landscapes and relaxed,...

Yazidi Refugees Tell Their Story

September 28, 2016

Yazidi refugees reveal tragic and inspirational stories of surviving ethnic cleansing by the Islamic State. The Yazidi people are an ethno-religious group with aspects of their religion entailing a mixture of Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism. They...

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...

Life Inside a German Refugee Camp

July 27, 2016

Germany took in over a million refugees just a year ago. Today, it has the capacity but lacks the refugees. In 2015, nearly 1.1 million refugees arrived in Germany. This immense wave of immigrants took German authorities by surprise. Since the capacities of the initial reception centers were...

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...

Muslims Battered On Both Sides of the Atlantic

June 02, 2016

Just think for a moment: Why are refugees headed for Europe and beyond? “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, / The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere / The ceremony of innocence is drowned; / The best lack all conviction, while the worst...

What is the American Dream?

May 16, 2016

Having fled oppression and death in Iraq and Syria, a young man reflects on life in America and its divisive election campaign. Ten years ago, my father and I had breakfast together before he left for work and I headed to school. I kissed him goodbye. I never saw him again. I was born and...

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