Refugees and the Paris Attacks

Refugees and the Paris Attacks Refugees and the Paris attacks of 13 November are connected, just not in the way you might think. Politicians, world leaders, and other influential individuals immediately responded to the Paris terrorist attacks of Friday by tightening borders and speaking out against migration from Syria and the Middle East. The assumption…

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The EU Refugee Crisis

The EU Refugee Crisis: What You Need to Know The refugee crisis (sometimes called ‘migrant’ crisis) in the European Union (EU) is a hot button issue right now. It is just a subset of the larger political discussions concerning immigration that are currently happening. Here are the few things you need to know. Why is…

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Brian Babin Proposes to Suspend Refugee Resettlement

Image Source On July 29th Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives proposing to “suspend the admission into the United States of refugees in order to examine the costs of providing benefits to such individuals, and for other purposes.” The entire text of the bill (H.R. 3314) can be…

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Book Review: Chasing Chaos

Though Jessica Alexander’s book Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid is primarily a memoir of the first ten years of her humanitarian career, it is sprinkled with critique of the aid industry and history of the conflicts she worked in. The result is a compelling story of risk, discovery, culture shock,…

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What You Need to Know: The EU Migrant Crisis

These are highlights of this important current issue – the basics – that you should be aware of. Thousands of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers have arrived in the European Union since January 2015. 40,000 have arrived in Italy alone, and UN officials estimate the total numbers of those who have crossed the Mediterranean is…

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Book Review: Exodus by Paul Collier

When migration is discussed in politics and spheres of social science today, the pressing question tends to be, is migration good or bad. Paul Collier, in his book Exodus: How Migration is Changing our World (Oxford University Press, 2013. Kindle version.) seeks to answer the question how much migration is good? Collier also recognizes migration’s…

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