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The pandemic and anti-immigration policies haven’t stopped migration from Central America – they’ve just made conditions at the border more hazardous. Herika Martinez/AFP via Getty Images

Migrant caravans restart as pandemic deepens the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border

COVID-19 has created new hardships for migrants while giving the Trump administration an excuse to further restrict asylum as public attention focuses on the pandemic.
Rohingya refugees wait during distribution of food items in 2017 in Bangladesh. AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File

As Bangladesh hosts over a million Rohingya refugees, a scholar explains what motivated the country to open up its borders

A scholar who spent time in refugee camps argues that Bangladesh's culture as well as a painful history of a war in which 10 million sought refuge played a role in the country's opening up of its borders.
As part of the citizenship process, new Canadians are required to reflect a knowledge of Canadian history and politics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadian citizenship study guide should tell the truth about racism

The current Canadian citizenship guide needs to be updated to more accurately reflect the truths about Canada's past and present.
People march towards Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s office in Toronto during a rally led by current and former international students calling for changes to immigration rules during COVID-19 on Sept. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

COVID-19 has hardened Canadian views on immigration

Pandemic fears could permanently harden Canadian attitudes toward immigration, and generate pressure to reduce the number of yearly arrivals.
Protesters attend a demonstration in support of migrant worker in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada in Toronto in August 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Throne speech offers little systemic change for migrant workers, refugees

The federal government must make good on its throne speech language about making it easier for migrant workers to formally become Canadian by instituting a comprehensive regularization plan.
DACA supporters rally at the Supreme Court on Thursday, June 18, 2020, after the court rejected the Trump administration’s push to end DACA. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

It’s still a conservative Supreme Court, even after recent liberal decisions – here’s why

Those who say the Supreme Court's last term was a liberal success fail to understand that the types of decisions they see as victories are fleeting triumphs that will not endure.
As president, Trump has cultivated close relations with autocratic leaders while distancing the U.S. from its traditional allies in Europe and Asia. Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture alliance via Getty Images

Trump’s foreign policy is still ‘America First’ – what does that mean, exactly?

In 2016 Trump promised to 'shake the rust off America's foreign policy.' Four years later, it's clearer what that looks like: a US that sits on the sidelines of world crises and collaborations alike.
55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents were among 176 people who were killed in a tragic plane crash. (Shutterstock)

How we mourn the victims of tragedies depends on their citizenship status

The difference in responses to tragedies reflects how immigrants are valued by their potential benefit to Canadian society, but this is not the only way to think about their worth as human beings.
Rhetoric that casts COVID-19 as a Chinese virus stigmatizes Asian people and plays into racist tropes of a ‘yellow peril.’ THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Coronavirus: The ‘yellow peril’ revisited

Stating that COVID-19 is a “Chinese” disease, dehumanizes and reinforces well-worn stereotypes of Chinese people as the "yellow peril."
Highly skilled workers and international students in the U.S. are the latest group to be targeted by the Trump adminstration’s restrictive immigration policies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Trump’s suspension of H-1B visas is a racist attack on immigrants — and a bad move for the economy

By making skilled workers the target of his latest anti-immigration policy, U.S. president Trump signals that he is willing to play to his far right base even if it undermines America's economic interests.
Protesters stand outside the Federal Court of Canada building for a hearing of the designation of the U.S. as a safe third country for refugees in Toronto in November 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Whose travel is ‘essential’ during coronavirus: Hockey players or asylum-seekers?

Many of us would probably like to watch some professional sports right now. But wouldn't we rather Canada live up to its international legal responsibilities to respect the rights of asylum-seekers?

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