Migration Publications

Kennan Cable No.12: A Long Road to Asylum: Syrian Refugees in Russia

Nov 18, 2015
Russia recently intensified its military activity in Syria, but it was not to ameliorate the refugee crisis, despite rhetoric to the contrary. In President Putin’s address to the United Nations on September 28, 2015, he talked about “a new great and tragic migration of peoples” and the need to strengthen the governments from where the refugees are coming. Russia is certainly strengthening its support for the Syrian government by bombing anti-Assad groups, but in doing so it supports the regime causing much of the migration in the first place. In the same speech, Putin also stressed that the refugees “need our compassion and support.” It was a nice sentiment, but a fairly empty one, given that Syrians receive very little of either from the Russian state.

Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe: Gender and Migration between Moldova and Istanbul

Oct 26, 2015
Worker-Mothers on the Margins of Europe explores the gendered moral economies of undocumented migrants from a postsocialist state, following Moldovan women who “commute” for six to twelve months at a time to work as domestics in Istanbul.

The Realities of Returning Home: Youth Repatriation in Guatemala

Jun 15, 2015
Graduate student researchers at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs partnered with the Latin American Program developed report on youth repatriation in Guatemala after fieldwork and research was carried out to answer the question: What happens to repatriated Guatemalan migrant youth after they are returned?

Reflections on Mexico's Southern Border

Apr 01, 2015
In early March, 2015, a small group of researchers from the Washington-based Wilson Center and from Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas traveled to the southwestern section of the Mexico-Guatemala border to observe developments in migration, various types of illicit trafficking, trade, and border management. In this report, each of the five researchers participating in the visit presents a short reflection based on several of these encounters.

The U.S.-Mexico Border Economy in Transition

Feb 02, 2015
"La Economía de la Frontera México-Estados Unidos en Transición" es un amplio informe con recomendaciones destinadas a fortalecer la competitividad económica de la región fronteriza México-Estados Unidos.

How to Address Child Migration from Central America

Sep 25, 2014
The arrival at the U.S. border in 2013–14 of tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children from Central America is unprecedented. Factors driving them include both longstanding challenges—chronic violence, economic despair, official corruption, and the pull of family reunification—and the myth recently disseminated by greedy traffickers of lenient U.S. immigration policy. The United States, while taking steps to deter further migration, should also focus intensively on the long term factors.

Homicide in El Salvador’s Municipalities: Spatial Clusters and the Causal Role of Neighborhood Effects, Population Pressures, Poverty, and Education

Jul 14, 2014
Matthew C. Ingram and Karise M. Curtis have joined together to use some innovative analytical tools to study homicides in El Salvador.
Return to Sender: The Moral Economy of Peru's Migrant Remittances by Karsten Paerregaard

Return to Sender: The Moral Economy of Peru's Migrant Remittances

May 12, 2014
Return to Sender: The Moral Economy of Peru’s Migrant Remittances is an anthropological account of how Peruvian emigrants raise and remit money and what that means for themselves and for their home communities.