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.

The Other Major Refugee Crisis: 3 Million Afghans

Syria’s refugee crisis dominates the headlines, but the crisis of Afghan refugees is significant—and has the potential to undermine the future of a country in which the U.S. has invested so much. Here are four things about a crisis that gets relatively little attention in the West.

Journey Into Europe: A Discussion With Filmmaker Akbar Ahmed

Anthropologist, author, and filmmaker Akbar Ahmed, a former Pakistani diplomat, has been exploring the world of Islam and its interactions with the non-Muslim world through a series of books and films. The latest in the series, “Journey Into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity,” comes at a vital time for the EU as it grapples with a migration crisis with no end in sight. A discussion of the film and the issues it explores provides the focus for this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.


Money is flowing over the U.S.-Mexico border, but it’s going north

In 2006, Hazleton, Pa., became the center of the national debate about illegal immigration. Faced with an influx of immigrants, many of them from Mexico, it was the first city to pass local ordinances that banned hiring or renting to unauthorized immigrants. Although the courts eventually struck down the ordinances, Hazleton’s city council had accurately captured the fears that many Americans had about the wave of unauthorized immigration then coming from south of the border, fears that still echo in this year’s election campaigns.

Evolving Migration Crisis in Europe

Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow James Hollifield has been closely following Europe’s migration crisis and just returned from a trip to Morocco. He provides an update on the evolving situation in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.