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SOS Mediterranee team members from the humanitarian ship Ocean Viking approach a boat in distress with 30 people on board in the waters off Libya on Nov. 20, 2019. (Hannah Wallace Bowman/MSF via AP)

Why some EU countries are struggling to relocate migrants

The EU's proposals for relocating migrants is inefficient in measuring whether member states actually have the economic capacity to welcome asylum-seekers.
A migrant hugs an SOS Mediterranee rescuer aboard the Ocean Viking ship before stepping into the port of Messina, Italy, Sept. 24, 2019. He was among 182 people aboard the Ocean Viking rescued in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

Eritrean migrants face torture in Libya: What the international community can do

In Libya, a lack of authority has allowed the ongoing kidnapping and extortion of migrants. What can European countries do to prevent the murder and torture of migrants?
Venezuelans hoping to cross into Ecuador via Colombia amass at the Rumichaca border bridge in Tulcan, Ecuador, as new visa restrictions limiting migration took effect, Aug. 26, 2019. Reuters/Daniel Tapia

Latin America shuts out desperate Venezuelans but Colombia’s border remains open – for now

Citing national security, Ecuador, Peru and Chile have all made it harder for Venezuelan migrants to enter the country, and xenophobia is rising across the region – even in more welcoming Colombia.
In this April 2019 photo, migrants planning to join a caravan of several hundred people hoping to reach the United States wait at the bus station in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. (AP Photo/Delmer Martinez)

The role of Canadian mining in the plight of Central American migrants

Canada is playing a role in the life-and-death struggle for migrant justice in the United States -- from our foreign economic policies to the actions of our mining companies and domestic asylum laws.
Honduran migrant Vicky Chavez with her daughter Issabella on May 31, 2018 in the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, where she sought protection from deportation in late 2017. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

More Central American migrants take shelter in churches, recalling 1980s sanctuary movement

The number of migrants living in churches has spiked recently in anticipation of threatened immigration raids, but churches have long protected refugees in an act of faith-based civil disobedience.
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.
In this June 2018 photo, a migrant rests at the port of Tarifa in southern Spain after being rescued by Spain’s Maritime Rescue Service in the Strait of Gibraltar. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spain’s model for saving lives at sea should be emulated in the EU

European states have the legal and moral obligation to resume search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Spain's Salvamento Maritimo should lead the way.
A migrant rests on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat as it sails off Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on July 4, 2019. Despite being rescued, migrants sit offshore, often in sight of land, as NGO boats become floating mobile border sites. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)

Standoffs at sea highlight the shameful criminalization of rescuing migrants

Standoffs at sea represent yet another attempt by EU officials to obstruct the movement of migrants by producing further bureaucratic blockades to mobility.
Migrants rest on a Mediterranea Saving Humans NGO boat as they sail off Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, just outside Italian territorial waters, on July 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)

People are drowning at sea. Why aren’t we saving them?

Authorities in Italy would sooner turn ships carrying migrants back to strife-torn countries like Libya rather than allow them to seek asylum. It's amounting to repeated Voyages of the Damned.
The civil rights of 11.3 million Mexican nationals who live in the US are routinely violated, according to a comprehensive new report on U.S. immigration enforcement since 2009. AP Photo/Matt York

Mexicans in US routinely confront legal abuse, racial profiling, ICE targeting and other civil rights violations

A new report on Mexicans in the US paints a troubling picture about the treatment of the country's largest immigrant group.

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