Immigration
Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

Another Deadly Attack: The Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons In Syria

The war in Syria has taken another horrifying turn as chemical weapons were unleashed on unprepared and innocent victims in Khan Sheikhun, in the mostly rebel held province of Idlib, killing more than 80 people. The attack occurred at 6:30 AM (EEST) on 4 April while many civilians were still asleep. Even those who made...
The Struggle to Save the World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Dadaab

The Struggle to Save the World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Dadaab

Over 250,000 Somali refugees are facing the threat of forced repatriation and the loss of their livelihoods as the Kenyan government continues to seek ways to close camps in Dadaab. There are currently five camps in northeast Kenya near the town of Dadaab, around 80km from the border with Somalia: Ifo, Dagahaley, Hagadera, Ifo II...
Bursting the ‘Tolerant Dutch’ Myth

Bursting the ‘Tolerant Dutch’ Myth

On 15 March voters in the Netherlands will be electing a new parliament. Surrounding the lead up to the election Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom, has drawn substantial attention due to his anti-Islam campaign. His campaign has recently begun to use the slogan, ‘Make the Netherlands Ours Again,’ a catchphrase similar to US...
The Selfie Seen Round the World: Social Media and its Pervasive Role in Politics

The Selfie Seen Round the World: Social Media and its Pervasive Role in Politics

Syrian refugee Anas Modamani—who posed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a 2015 photograph that went viral— has recently filed for an injunction that would obligate Facebook to remove any content connecting him to terrorism. His doing so raises interesting questions about the role of technology in politics and the responsibility of the media. The...
The Future of Sanctuary Cities

The Future of Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump’s campaign against undocumented immigrants goes far beyond the construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. So-called sanctuary cities, ‘which is a broad term for municipalities that choose not to participate in deportation crackdown[s] they see as unjust, self-defeating and harmful to public society,’ face an executive challenge as a part of...
Trump and the Immigration Ban

Trump and the Immigration Ban

On Friday 27 January 2017, United States President Donald Trump signed an immigration ban that halted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — for 90 days. However, this ban introduced many more amendments than just that. The ban incorporated a four-month suspension of the U.S. Refugee Program...
Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

Meeting Hatred and Fear with Love and Compassion

On Sunday 29 January, the safe and peaceful environment of a local Québécois mosque during evening prayers suddenly became the scene of a massacre as a gunman entered and fired indiscriminately. Although quickly condemned by Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the attack raises many questions and issues, including the rise of Islamophobia, in Canadian society....
Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban and the Future of ‘Alternative’ Constitutionality

With cabinet members, supporters, and appointees abound, President Trump inspects the executive order handed to him by a nearby aid with a stultified mien. Finally finding the title, he reads it loudly for the cameras, proudly looking around the room at an audience we cannot see. ‘Executive order protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry...
Re-examining Trudeau’s Triumphs: A Closer Look at Canadian Refugee Policy

Re-examining Trudeau’s Triumphs: A Closer Look at Canadian Refugee Policy

In the face of Brexit, growing support for Front National in France, the breakdown of rule of law in Sweden (the country that has accepted the most refugees per capita), and now a looming Trump presidency, left-leaning individuals around the world have applauded and even idolised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for welcoming Syrian and Iraqi...
The New, Same as the Old: History, Refugees and Germany

The New, Same as the Old: History, Refugees and Germany

This year has been one of change and uncertainty. While Americans and Brits mull over the consequences of recent electoral upsets, the European refugee crisis continues to see an unprecedented inflow of Syrians and others to the continent. In Germany, often the destination of choice, the Federal Agency for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has reported...
The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

The Calais Camp is Gone: What Next?

On 24 October a fleet of 150 buses arrived at the makeshift refugee and migrant camp in Calais with the task of moving some of the approximately 7000 remaining residents to sheltered accommodation across France. Two days later, the camp, often referred to as ‘the Jungle’ in the media, was set ablaze as demolition crews...
Texas Migrant Crisis: Politics of Near and Far Muffle Stories of Humanity

Texas Migrant Crisis: Politics of Near and Far Muffle Stories of Humanity

Often, in our frequent reflections on issues of adjudged political importance, we use and absorb rhetoric of refined dehumanisation. Many, regardless of intent, speak of immigration as a ‘crisis.’ They speak in numbers, in crime statistics, and in legal terminology. Although the word ‘illegals’ is slowly beginning to phase out, at least in news media,...