Migration

Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking at the Rio Grande Valley

In the scorching heat of a late summer day on the U.S. – Mexico border along the lower Rio Grande Valley (RGV) I had a revelation. Migrant smuggling and trafficking along this difficult part of the border lands is a constantly changing business. Despite involving human lives, smuggling and trafficking are fundamentally a business, albeit a deplorable one, that responds to a complex series of factors – some legitimate, others less so. As a result, the dynamics around these factors are constantly in flux and what we think we know today, maybe different a month, or a year from now.

UN, U.S. Summits Offer Modest Immediate Relief to Refugees, But Systemic Reforms Needed

Heads of state gathered in New York for the September 19 United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants will reaffirm principles of international law, pledge to treat asylum seekers more humanely, and promise to improve coordination between humanitarian and development organizations.

Stateless But Not Silenced: A Conversation on Refugees with Refugees

The Wilson Center, Smithsonian Media, and Independent Diplomat, invite you to join us for a conversation on necessary next steps to develop an ambitious global refugee policy that is guided, informed, and sustainable. Syrian refugees—currently, the world’s largest refugee population—will share grassroots perspectives on how the US and refugees can work together to generate and implement policies.

Russia’s Оther Pipeline: Migration and Radicalization in the North Caucasus

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Russian Interior Ministry members stand guard as Muslims attend an Eid al-Adha mass prayer in Moscow October 4, 2014. (Reuters)

BY DENIS SOKOLOV

The Challenges of Addressing New Immigration Flows in Costa Rica

As a nation of relative prosperity, safety and stability in Central America, Costa Rica has long attracted large numbers of migrants from the region. In recent years, it has drawn a growing influx from several Caribbean countries as well as from Africa and Asia, including some 22,000 Cubans seeking a route to the United States in 2015. The more than 400,000 immigrants residing in Costa Rica make up nearly ten percent of the country’s population.

Kennan Cable No.17: Russia’s other Pipeline: Migration and Radicalization in the North Caucasus

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Russian Interior Ministry members stand guard as Muslims attend an Eid al-Adha mass prayer in Moscow October 4, 2014. (Reuters)

Justice and Contemporary Climate Relocation: An Addendum to Words of Caution on “Climate Refugees”

This article first appeared on ECSP’s blog, New Security Beat.

The idea that climate change is causing migration and displacement is entering the mainstream, but experts have warned against using the term “climate refugees” to describe what we’re seeing in small islands, coastal regions, and even conflict zones like Syria.

An Escape Plan: The Faces of the New Russian Emigration

Russian emigration has been gathering speed over the last few years. Who are these new emigrants, what are they seeking, and how does the current Russian migration compare to those past? Roman Super will discuss the nature of the current Russian outflow, drawing from his research and personal interviews.

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