Instead of keeping migrants out, countries should consider the economic benefits of letting them in.
Many scholars argue that attracting migrants is essential to economic competitiveness in a globalising world.
Is the British government doing enough?
Theresa May's proposals for curbs on uncontrolled migration are both unimaginative and disingenuous.
Gold miners appear after being trapped underground at a mine in Carltonville, west of Johannesburg. Managing their safety has been a major issue as South Africa has among the deepest and most dangerous mines.
When sociologists, driven by their value commitments, go beyond the relative comfort of the classroom and engage with organisations outside the university, they dirty their hands.
A refugee illegally crosses the border from Zimbabwe into South Africa.
Zimbabwean migrants' journey to South Africa is fraught with danger. But the emptiness of life in their country makes it imperative to risk life and limb to seek a better life across the river.
The washed-up belongings of people who drowned off the coast of Libya.
Immigration is a lightning rod in British politics, but we have to be brave and look beyond the numbers.
A boat carrying 450 people from Myanmar and Bangladesh is inspected by Thai Navy officers in the Andaman Sea.
EPA/Royal Thai Navy
The political rhetoric would suggest that asylum seekers are deserving and economic migrants are undeserving. Yet their motivations overlap and are complex – forced migrants do not fit easily into one category.