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Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel (left) and Rwanda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vincent Biruta (right) sign a deal on April 14, 2022, that would send some asylum-seekers in the U.K. thousands of miles away to Rwanda. (AP Photo/Muhizi Olivier)

Debunking the myth of the ‘evil people smuggler’

The prevailing narrative around migrant smuggling has clouded the public’s understanding of the issue by obfuscating the role smuggling plays in helping refugees gain asylum.
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.
The U.S. has evacuated 84,600 Afghans since August 2021, but many of these people remain in a legal limbo. Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa via Getty Images

Afghan evacuees lack a clear path for resettlement in the U.S., 7 months after Taliban takeover

The U.S. has promised to take in 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. But there is concern that this could further complicate efforts to welcome and resettle Afghan evacuees.
Detained refugees inside a compound at Darwin Airport where they have been held for a year while they wait for medical treatment. Aaron Bunch/AAP

Scores of medevac refugees have been released from detention. Their freedom, though, remains tenuous

Those who have been released have little financial or social support, confining them to lives of precarity, dependency and impoverishment in our community.
Erosion damage caused by Hurricane Hanna is seen along the Fisher border wall, a privately funded border fence, along the Rio Grande River near Mission, Texas, on July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

From COVID-19 to the climate emergency: Lessons from this global crisis for the next one

As a zoonotic virus, COVID-19 is itself a symptom of human-influenced climate change. It is also indicative of the humanitarian impact of future environmental crises.
Refugees who fled xenophobic attacks recently protested in Cape Town demanding to be sent elsewhere. Brenton Geach/Gallo Images via Getty Images

How South Africa is denying refugees their rights: what needs to change

The policy and law applying to refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa is largely progressive. But, in practice, they continue to endure hardship and unfair treatment by officials.

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