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A makeshift memorial where a tractor-trailer was discovered with 53 dead migrants inside, near San Antonio, Texas, June 29, 2022. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Crossing the US-Mexico border is deadlier than ever for migrants – here’s why

A 1994 US policy was supposed to deter migration by securing popular access points. Instead, it drives people to enter the US by more hazardous means, such as being crammed in hot tractor-trailers.
A couple rides on a float with a handcart during the parade for Pioneer Day, an annual Utah holiday, on July 24, 2019, in Salt Lake City. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Utah’s Pioneer Day celebrates Mormons’ trek west – but there’s a lot more to the history of Latter-day Saints and migration

The Utah holiday is a reflection of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ slowly changing identity, a historian of Mormonism and migration writes.
Migrants from Latin America are traveling through Mexico as part of a caravan heading to the U.S. Isaac Guzman/AFP via Getty Images

Migration to the US is on the rise again – but it’s unlikely to be fully addressed during the Summit of the Americas, or anytime soon

The US is convening Latin American countries in Los Angeles this week to discuss major regional issues. An expert explains 3 key things to know about one top concern – migration.
Haitians wait to be processed and receive medical attention at a tourist campground in Cuba in May 2022. A vessel carrying more than 800 Haitians trying to reach the United States wound up on the coast of central Cuba instead. (AP Photo Ramon Espinosa)

How Haitian migrants are treated shows the ties between racism and refugee policy

The UN refugee convention’s first protected category is race. Yet the current refugee system does not protect Haitians from racism and its consequences.
A boat carrying migrants was stranded off the coast of Morocco before it was rescued by a Spanish ship in September 2018. Marco Moreno/AFP via Getty Images

A court case against migrant activists in Italy offers a reminder – not all refugees are welcome in Europe

Italian aid workers charged with helping migrants travel through the country were acquitted in May 2022. But migrants are often not well received in Europe, despite a welcome of Ukrainian refugees.
Fresh grizzly bear tracks in Yellowstone National Park. Jacob W. Frank, NPS/Flickr

Linking protected areas from Yellowstone to the Yukon shows the value of conserving large landscapes, not just isolated parks and preserves

Parks and refuges are important for conservation, but without connections, they’re like islands. Linking them by protecting land in between makes it possible for wildlife to move over bigger areas.
Canada geese and mallards at sunset, laser-etched with a pattern from sections of mosaic design of the Imam Mosque in Isfahan, Iran, seen in ‘Mallards Reeds’ by artist Soheila Esfahani. (Soheila Kolahdouz Esfahani)

Contemporary Muslim artists continue to adapt Islamic patterns to challenge ideas about fixed culture

As Islamic geometric patterns and arabesque designs have migrated globally, they’ve been adapted, and may not even be recognized as bearing the influence of Islamic societies.

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