This article reports that human cages, where migrants were detained by smugglers, and mass graves were discovered in the jungles on the Thai-Malaysia border. This discovery highlights the desperation of those migrants from Southeast Asia as they flee persecution at home, and reinforces the belief that open borders save lives.
This article points out some interesting trends in fertility patterns in the U.S., namely the rise in fertility among well-educated and older women. Though the Great Recession caused the fertility rate to drop, it appears that the financially stable are unaffected.
This article demonstrates that Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, is completely out-of-touch with the magnitude of the crisis facing the Rohingya in Burma. Despite being a signatory to refugee treaties, Australia appears poised to refuse to aid in this crisis, in a misguided attempt at “deterrence” of the smuggling trade.
The fabulous documentary, “Well Founded Fear,” which follows the day to day of a New York asylum office, can be found here. This documentary gives a fantastic insight into the issues and emotions facing asylum officers and the applicants they work to protect.
This article gives the stories of several DREAMers — childhood arrivals without papers — who were deported back to Mexico, and the loss of opportunity both for these individuals and for the United States, which refuses to tap the potential of these youngsters instead of sending them away.
This article looks at the EB-5 visas, now popular for investors (primarily from China) with $500,000 to spend on American real estate ventures. It appears that US anti-immigrant rhetoric only goes so far — the super rich are welcomed openly, while DREAMers still wait for legislation to grant them citizenship in the only country they’ve known.
This article presents the story of a Palestinian man his son who were trapped for two weeks in the Dubai airport, stateless and unable to return to any country that would offer them refuge. Though the international community is beginning to recognize the state of Palestine, this illustrates one of the many problems facing refugees who often are displaced to neighboring countries, which may be equally tumultuous as their country of origin.