International Migrants Day

Today marks the United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Migrants. An important date for many reasons among them, to remind us of the many contributions immigrants make to the United States, the fight against discrimination towards migrants or “illegals”, and the right for every human being to seek asylum. The past four years of the…
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Human Rights Day: Migration as a Human Right

If there is one thing to take away from the horrible year that has been 2020, it’s that protecting and advocating for human rights is more important than ever. The key values of our society such as fairness, dignity, equality and respect are in need of more support than ever before. 2020 and the COVID-19…
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In Europe, the Word ‘Migrant’ Is Not the Problem

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Takver Refugees are in vogue. As callous as that may sound, the group’s plight – or more accurately, their “flight” – no matter where in the world they come from, is receiving more international media attention than ever before. This is a good thing, if it eventually leads to long…
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The Semantics of Migration: Refugee v. Migrant Labels

Read our latest analysis up on GlobalPost on how the “migrant” and “refugee” labels can negatively effect developing migration policies worldwide. The migration crisis will not be solved by underscoring the distinctions between “migrants” and “refugees.” Relying on these over-simplified labels can be harmful to both groups. The motivation for moving does not easily fall…
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Ecuador Leads By Example in the Great Global Migration Debate

Photo: Colombia Beat Ecuador will soon consider a groundbreaking new migration bill, which was presented to the National Assembly on July 16, 2015. The Organic Law of Human Mobility addresses the country’s various emigration and immigration waves and offers a new foundation on how to better understand people who relocate. Lawmaker Esteban Melo explained that…
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Refugees and Artificial Nation-Building: If We Build It, Will They Come?

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Takver. The global migration crisis continues to worsen, with displacement hitting an all-time high of 59.5 million people at the end of 2014. The humanitarian world is unable to keep up with the numbers, as violence and conflict also continues to soar worldwide. The usual proposed solutions for displacement typically…
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The Prince and the Pauper: Migration’s Unequal Footing

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Serge Melki These days, media reports cover a gamut of issues related to inequality in the U.S. This includes America’s growing disparities in income, wages, wealth, and opportunity. The expanding gap between the one percenters and the rest of us is bad for our society, our economy, and our morality,…
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