Global series: World in Exile

The Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk crew interdicts a group of Haitian migrants July 11, 2017, approximately 22 miles south of Great Inagua, Bahamas. Coast Guard News/flickr, CC BY-ND

Earlier this week, the United States Coast Guard found 102 Haitians crowded aboard a barely seaworthy boat near the Bahamas, fleeing their hurricane-tattered country. The image starkly recalled the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, where so many people from Syria and the Middle East have perished while making their perilous way to Europe.

Mass migration is nothing new, but migration today is so global, and so unrelenting, that it may well be the great humanitarian issue of our time. Our series World in Exile offers in-depth reporting on immigrants and asylum-seekers, from Central America and Turkey to Myanmar and the US.


Refugee or migrant? Sometimes the line is blurred

Refugees or migrants? When it comes to children who cross international borders without papers, there’s no easy answer. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

There are refugees, there are migrants and then there are the millions of people who live in legal limbo because they defy easy categorisation. But everyone is just looking for a place to call home.

The hidden reasons why Mexican women flee their homes

‘Femicidal state’: a woman protests female murder rates in Mexico City. Ginnette Riquelme/Reuters

Job opportunities and cartel violence aren’t the only reason Mexicans head north to the United States. More than 44% of Mexican women face violence at home, and some of them are seeking asylum across the border.

Through art and song, Rohingya refugees reclaim their lives

Because of years of persecution many Rohingya children have never known Myanmar, which is claimed by the community as their country. Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

The music and drawings of Myanmar’s “floating people”, the Rohingya, are a form of resistance against the persecution they face both at home and as refugees in Bangladesh.

Can Turkey integrate 2.7 million Syrian refugees?

A Syrian couple waits on the Turkish side of the Oncupinar border crossing for their parents to arrive. Osman Orsal/Reuters

In some Turkish border cities, the number of refugees is now greater than that of the local population. Integrating large populations of migrants and asylum seekers means much more than simply offering citizenship.

Muslims in Trump’s America: the inside story

Stephanie Keith/Reuters

We must know people as they would like to be known and not as some dominant power — the president of the United States, say — has decided to portray them.