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Living on a bridging visa is a form of migration limbo as the Department of Home Affairs does not disclose how long any individual case may take to process. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Most migrants on bridging visas aren’t ‘scammers’, they’re well within their rights

Associating all bridging visas with 'scammers' and 'illegal migrants' misses the bigger picture of the role bridging visas play in our changing immigration regime.
People wave Puerto Rican flags as they attend a rally to celebrate the resignation of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rosselló in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 25. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Puerto Ricans unite against Rosselló – and more than a decade of cultural trauma

Rosselló's corruption is just the latest in a string of disasters for Puerto Ricans -- but it also created an opportunity for a stressed community to come together.
Vietnamese migrants at a multicultural event near Perth. Migrants in our survey who assimilated to Australian culture reported having higher personal well-being than those who didn’t. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

Migrants who adapt to Australian culture say they’re happier than those who don’t

A resent research survey found assimilation can not only help migrants be happy in the short term, but it can help combat social isolation in their old age.
A male Olive-backed Euphonia (Euphonia gouldi), photographed in Costa Rica. Andy Morffew

Curious Kids: Why do birds sing?

Birds spend a lot of time and energy singing, but they don't do it the same way in every season of the year. And some can't sing at all. What's the purpose of birdsong?
A Syrian family loads their belongings as they evacuate an informal refugee camp in Deir Al-Ahmar, east Lebanon, June 9, 2019. AP/Hussein Malla

Are Syrian refugees a danger to the West?

Will Syrian religious extremists migrate to the West as refugees in need – and then do harm? A team of researchers surveyed Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey to find out the answer.
A member of Mexico’s National Guard watches for migrants on the Rio Suchiate between Guatemala and Mexico at sunrise on July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Idalia Rie)

As Mexico appeases Trump, migrants bear the brunt

The U.S. will likely continue to threaten Mexico with trade tariffs due to Central American migrants, and Mexico will respond with more drastic, inhumane measures. None of it will stop migration.
Sandra Torres, presidential candidate for the National Unity of Hope, won the first round of presidential election in Guatemala with 25% of the vote, followed by former national prison director Alejandro Giammatei. The two will face-off in the second round of voting in August. Reuters/Luis Echeverria

Corruption triumphs in Guatemala’s presidential election

For their next president, Guatemalans must choose between two veteran politicians with shady pasts and alleged ties to organized crime.
Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor (2017). Impossible living conditions force people to migrate. It is time to collect a “destruction tax” on arms transactions ? Stringer / AFP

Should we tax arms manufacturers to finance refugee resettlement?

Wars play a central role in increasing numbers of refugees worldwide. Is it time to think about a "destruction tax"?

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