When people feel threatened, they’re more receptive to politicians who espouse xenophobic rhetoric.
Some view a retreat from democracy and the escalating effects of climate change as an unfortunate coincidence. But a new study shows that the two trends may be more closely related than we think.
South African civil society and private citizens march in protest against xenophobic violence in Johannesburg.
Xenophobia negates the spirit of pan-Africanism, especially its ideal that Africans share a mutual bond, regardless of their geographical location.
Firefighters outside a burning building after violence and looting against foreign nationals in Pretoria, South Africa in 2019.
Faced with the same problem, South Africa is turning to the familiar toolkit to explain a recurrent problem.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari in late August in Japan.
South Africa and Nigeria need to lead policy debates on long term measures to address migration in Africa.
Violence directed against migrants from elsewhere in Africa flares up frequently in South Africa.
Beliefs about the role played by foreign nationals in South Africa clearly influence how people think about anti-immigrant hate crime.
A Syrian family loads their belongings as they evacuate an informal refugee camp in Deir Al-Ahmar, east Lebanon, June 9, 2019.
Will Syrian religious extremists migrate to the West as refugees in need – and then do harm? A team of researchers surveyed Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey to find out the answer.
In a political dispute with Ottawa, Doug Ford’s Ontario government has stopped funding legal aid for refugee claimants. This 2017 photo shows a young asylum seeker being held by an RCMP officer and her father after crossing the border into Canada from the United States.
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The recent decision by the Ontario government to drastically cut funds for legal aid will cause hardship for many low-income residents of Ontario and for refugees claimants.
Faith Goldy is shown outside Wilfrid Laurier University in March 2018. Facebook may have banned Goldy and other ‘alt-right’ figures, but their influence is greater than social media.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon
It’s all well and good for Facebook to shut down people like Faith Goldy, but it’s critical we recognize that the far right’s culture war is diffusing more broadly within Canadian politics.
School textbooks from Germany deal with Europe in much greater detail and with more of a positive angle than those published in England.
Women and children at a Red Cross camp for displaced victims of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg.
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The action plan offers no information about budgets, oversight, clear standards for measuring progress or accountability mechanisms.
White supremacist groups like the National Socialist Movement, seen here at a rally in Arkansas on Nov. 10, 2018, have gained power in the U.S. since 2016.
The recent massacre at a New Zealand mosque is a traceable, direct outgrowth of an American white nationalist movement that insists immigrants and people of color are a threat to ‘white civilization.’
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has travelled to Christchurch after yesterday’s terror attacks.
NZ Prime Minister's office
Research shows that many members of dominant groups perceive minorities and immigrant groups as a threat, which builds up to fear and hate. We can all do something to change that.
Donald Trump prepares to give the 2018 US State of the Union address.
Trump is not the first US president to talk about border security, but he is the only one to make it an “urgent national crisis”. Here is a handy deconstruction of President Trump’s rhetorical strategy.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the governing ANC’s 2019 elections manifesto in Durban.
The vision set out by Cyril Ramaphosa has the seeds for galvanising South Africans to get back on the right path. But it urgently needs a plan to make it happen.
Restrictive immigration policies make it difficult for overseas students to stay on and get jobs after their degrees.
Research shows people are more likely to reject international students when they are perceived as a threat to themselves or their children.
A 1903 drawing by Louis Dalrymple depicts European immigrants as “rats” (in the magazine
New York Public Library
The deepening geographic, racial, gender and educational divisions in America shows some striking parallels between the nation today and in the 1920s.
Nigerians have the lowest trust in the country’s media, thanks to widespread misinformation.
Disinformation in Africa often takes the form of extreme speech inciting violence and spreading racist, misogynous, xenophobic messages.
Maxime Bernier speaks about his new political party during a news conference in Ottawa in September 2018.
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Maxime Bernier’s new political party may be able to swipe some votes from the Conservatives. But it’s going nowhere if he allows it to remain a conduit for xenophobia, nativism and white supremacy.
Passengers aboard the MS St. Louis from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archives.
Courtesy of Dr. Liane Reif-Lehrer. Copyright of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
We can learn a lot about our past from fictional stories. In ‘What is Left the Daughter,’ author Howard Norman presents a cautionary tale from the Second World War of xenophobia and prejudice.
Screenshot from Republican John Rose’s campaign ad ‘Build the Wall,’ which equates all immigration with the Salvadoran gang MS-13.
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MS-13 is not the biggest or most violent gang in the US. But its grisly murders and Latino membership inflame Americans’ anxiety about immigration. GOP campaign ads stoke those fears to attack Democrats.