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A Syrian Migrant’s Journey from Syria to Europe

On July 21st this year, the Hellenic Coast Guard received an SOS call from a migrant ship southeast of the Greek island of Karpathos.

Children Caught Up in Migration and Refugee Emergency

According to  UNICEF, one child in ten is growing up in a conflict zone.

The families of missing migrants and refugees may never know their fates


An unnamed grave in Mytilene, Lesbos.

First published in The Conversation

In 2015, almost 3,000 people died trying to cross the sea and start a new life in Europe. It was the shocking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi – who drowned as his family tried to flee the Syrian conflict for the safe haven of the EU – that sparked a global outcry over this tragedy.

Night life in the ‘New Jungle’ of Calais


By Amanda Nero

At night, the ‘New Jungle’, the informal migrant and refugee settlement in the port city of Calais, France, comes to life. Several improvised bars, restaurants and shops open after sunset. Its residents gather together to dance, play games, drink and eat. Some make bonfires and chat outside, others play football, and traditional music floats in the air.

3 Things Governments Need to do to Solve Migration Crises


Photo courtesy of Frontex/Malavolta 2015

By William Lacy Swing

In a world where migration has become a phenomenon of our time and is due to increase, my biggest concern is how to save the lives of migrants taking dangerous routes – by sea and land – to flee violence or poverty.

We’re Failing Today’s Boat People

By William Lacy Swing

In 1975, the world acted to save Boat People from Indochina; the Boat People of today are ignored

Forty years ago this spring, the world witnessed one of the turning points of the Cold War: the closing of the U.S. Embassy in South Vietnam, followed quickly by the panicked evacuation of Americans and their allies from the region and then the tragedy of hundreds of thousands of so-called Boat People fleeing from Vietnam into the South China Sea.

The Names Behind the Statistics

By Itayi Viriri

Twenty Eight! That is how many people survived what may be the worst tragedy in living memory involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa last weekend. The 28 migrants had been traveling on a wooden fishing boat carrying over 800 people when it capsized near Libya.

#MigrantsLivesMatter: Ali’s Journey

By Itayi Viriri 

Sicily - He just turned 14 years old and yet Ali immediately comes across a natural spokesperson for his family. It seems as if it is something he has been doing for some time now and is naturally expected of him.