Packed Bags: The Migrant Experience

Immigration Policy as a State Issue?

Immigration Policy as a State Issue?

BY LAINEY SCHMIDT Immigration policy is a controversial topic for all nations.  In the United States, it is especially heated because of the added competition between federal rights and states’ rights.  Though all immigration laws are supposed to be handled through the federal government, a problem arises when states do not feel that the job is being done adequately. This was […]

Ebbing the Flow

Ebbing the Flow

BY KIMON STEPHANOPOLOUS Every so often, a rickety, dilapidated boat sets sail for Australian docks from Indonesia. For many brave men, women, and children, the heaviest baggage is that dreadful uncertainty, the knowledge that when they arrive on the shores of one of the most prosperous countries of the modern world, they might be turned away. In Australia’s history, asylum seekers […]

Nothing to Share: The Case of the Mbera Refugee Camp

Nothing to Share: The Case of the Mbera Refugee Camp

BY JANICE CANTIERI The Northern Mali conflict is an ongoing, armed dispute between the Malian government and Tuareg separatists who seek independence from the Malian government. As a result of this conflict, which began in January of 2012, over 200,000 Malian refugees have fled to United Nations camps in neighboring countries including Nigera, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso, while another 204,000 are internally displaced […]

The Jamaican Paradox

The Jamaican Paradox

BY LAUREN PALEY Jamaica is a major tourist destination, a beautiful country of beaches and enviable weather, but it also harbors a rampant homophobia that has been codified into the legal system. This Caribbean country has criminalized being gay or lesbian as an “abominable crime” warranting a punishment of up to ten years hard labor, and those suspected of such a […]

The Indefinite Nightmare

The Indefinite Nightmare

BY SARAH NESBITT Politics is often characterized by transience; opinions and policies oscillate from day to day with little warning. But for Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki, it seems, everything is indefinite: dictatorship, military service terms, punitive detention, and Eritrean citizenship. Now in his twentieth consecutive year of presidency, Isaias has manipulated his period of elected rule into an endless, totalitarian one. […]

Comments on Leslie P. Moch’s “Moving in Russia: Repertoires in the Soviet Era”

Comments on Leslie P. Moch’s “Moving in Russia: Repertoires in the Soviet Era”

Dr. Leslie P. Moch’s  presented her lecture on November 7, 2013 at Washington University in St. Louis. BY MARGAUX BAVLSIK Dr. Moch’s lecture on Soviet internal movement focused on seven different profiles of migrating people in the Soviet Union. She sought to recognize that migrants were not always passive agents, being shuffled around like so many pieces on a playing board; […]