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Migrant workers prune fruit trees in early spring in Pereaux, N.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Why Canada must act urgently to give undocumented migrants legal status

The federal government needs to recognize and address the structural problems of the current migration system that lead to migrants living and working in Canada without authorized immigration status.
The Matsqui Institution, a medium-security federal men’s prison in Abbotsford, B.C. The Canadian government plans to amend legislation to allow detained migrants to be held in federal prisons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Detaining migrants in prisons violates human rights and risks abuses

Placing migrants who are not criminals in prisons risks serious violations of their human rights and perpetuates narratives about the criminality of immigrants.
Immigration Minister Andrew Giles and Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil. Mick Tsikas/AAP

The consequences of the government’s new migration legislation could be dire – for individuals and for Australia

The government has failed in its attempt to ram unprecedented changes to the migration act through parliament. The laws, now being reviewed by a senate committee, could be disastrous.
Workers from the Spanish nonprofit Open Waters rescue 178 migrants from different countries, off the coast of Italy in September 2023. Jose Colon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The US is struggling to handle an immigration surge – here’s how Europe is dealing with its own influx

Germany and Italy are among the countries that are looking for ways to handle rises in undocumented migration and, in many cases, are making it harder for people to remain in their countries.
A migrant from Haiti waits with others at a clinic for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Supreme Court’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ ruling puts immigration policy in the hands of voters – as long as elected presidents follow the rules

In the last decision of the term, the Supreme Court cleared a barrier for the Biden administration to end a Trump-era policy returning asylum seekers arriving in the US to camps in Mexico.
Rosa Gutierrez Lopez from El Salvador has been living in sanctuary in a church for a year due to a deportation order. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Why Latino citizens are worrying more about deportation

About 48% of Latino US citizens fear deportation for themselves, their loved ones or their communities. That’s up from 41% in 2007.
Epigenetic clocks are a fascinating new technology, but some potential applications are controversial. (Pixabay/Stefan Keller)

New DNA test that reveals a child’s true age has promise, but ethical pitfalls

Pediatric epigenetic clocks have the potential to accurately assess biological age. However, possible applications in law enforcement and immigration raise ethical issues.
A university class included a game that simulated aspects of the experience people like these would-be immigrants can expect in the U.S. AP Photo/Elliot Spagat

Learn to trust immigrants by role-playing in their shoes

Simulating some experiences of immigrant life can help nonimmigrants learn to understand, and even trust, people from other countries more.

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