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Drownings Reveal Risk of Irregular Migration

News of irregular immigration into the United States often focuses on those trying to cross the border via land. Huge fences and security cameras monitor the divide between the US and Mexico (less so the northern border with Canada – that is material for another blog post), while scanning machines and dogs search cars and […]

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Haitians Granted Temporary Protected Status

Last week President Barack Obama granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Haitians for a period of 18 months. This applies those already living in the US, but without legal papers. It prevents their detainment or deportation, and enables them to work legally. The purpose of this status is to protect persons who cannot return to […]

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"Avatar"'s Lessons for Migration

The movie Avatar is a blockbuster, and now the third-highest grossing movie of all time. It is also a story about migration. In short, it depicts humans in the year 2154, seeking to extract a valuable mineral from a far-off planet called Pandora, and willing to do so at any cost, including the extermination of […]

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Long-term Response to Haiti Earthquake in Haiti May Depend on Remittances

As with the international aid community, Haitians living overseas are seeking ways to help from a distance after a devastating earthquake struck Port-au-Prince on Tuesday evening. Many migrants already send significant proportions of their earnings each week or month in the form of remittances. Rather than foreign assistance from governments, they may provide the most […]

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Zimbabweans Face Persecution in South Africa

It can be tough to be a migrant – but even worse should one be persecuted by the local population. By moving to a new place economic migrants – and displaced persons – leave behind well-known surroundings, and often other family members too. They may not speak the language at their new location, might have […]

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Hmong Forced Back into Laos

New Year’s is seen as a time of renewal, but it does not always bring desired changes. This week the Thai government forced over 4,000 Hmong over the border into Laos, despite the possibility that they will be persecuted upon their return. This action runs counter to international human rights law, as some of the […]

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The Climate Change – Migration Nexus

As the negotiations in Copenhagen reminded us, scientific evidence demonstrates that the process of climatic change is now more concentrated and more threatening. As a result, human displacement due to environmental change remains an increasing concern in the 21st century. Populations are forced to move due to fast-paced events like hurricanes, slower processes like desertification, […]

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Topic: Year in Review: Migration – Rich Basas

Migration over the last year has been dominated by economic issues, as European migration became a balance, and sometimes a conflict, between new cultures and old cultures. Rights and migration were the questions in places like Calais and reducing illegal immigration on European beaches and discovering a new way to take in immigrants who can […]

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Recession’s Impact on Migration

The global economic recession has had mixed effects on migration. In some cases it led to clear decreases in remittance-sending, while many migrants also lost their jobs. In the United States, for example, a large number of immigrants worked in low-skilled industries such as construction, where available jobs dropped precipitously after the collapse of the […]

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Vigil for Marcelo Lucero, Ecuadorian Immigrant

A little over one year ago a 37-year old immigrant from Ecuador, Marcelo Lucero, was stabbed to death in Patchatogue, NY, a town on Long Island. The community recently held a vigil and called for increased understanding. One can only hope that the memorial service helps to spread open-mindedness and serve as a counterweight to […]

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Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants?

This past weekend the US Congress passed a bill to reform the country’s health care system. It must now be merged with legislation in the Senate and pass through an additional vote in that house. One aspect of the bill rarely mentioned in the past week, but which attracted scrutiny, is health care coverage for […]

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Pages from the Global Film Review Blog

Pages from the Global Film Review Blog

The FPA Migration Blog is proud to post a film review by Sean Patrick Murphy of the FPA Global Film Review Blog.  Sean’s review involves issues regarding migrants from Central America coming to the US, namely Honduras to Texas, and the increasing numbers coming from the region and the dangers they face in the process. Sin […]

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Another Side of the Somali Story

Somalia does not often benefit from positive stories in the press. At present it is probably best known for its ongoing civil war – which has lasted for nearly two decades – pirates operating along its coasts, and recently, reporting on the return of young Somalis from Minnesota to fight for the Shabaab, a group […]

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Colombian Migrants Massacred in Venezuela

The latest body of a Colombian migrant – now the eleventh – was recently found along the border region of Venezuela. The victim had been playing pick-up soccer when kidnapped two weeks ago. Who would massacre these Colombians, and to what end? It may be an extreme sign of anti-immigrant sentiment within Venezuela; Colombians make […]

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Hondurans, Unlike Mexicans, Increasingly Seek Work Abroad

Over the past months significant press attention has focused on the Honduran government, after the ouster of its former president. Manuel Zelaya, however, is not the only person dislocated by the political crisis. Today, a National Public Radio (NPR) story highlighted the increased northward movement of Hondurans, as they seek employment, not to mention a […]

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