Africans are fleeing racism in China

April 24, 2020

Thousands of African migrants living in Guangzhou in southern China are being targeted by racist attacks and policies. The problem has become so bad that one African nation has even begun evacuating its citizens from China. The reason? Besides simple prejudice, Africans are being blamed for exposing Chinese people to COVID-19. African students in Chinese […]

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Immigrant economies are being devastated by the pandemic

April 22, 2020

The $700 billion global remittance economy is taking big hits from COVID-19, and the families and nations that depend on it are in trouble. Remittances are person-to-person fund transfers from immigrants who travel to wealthy nations for work, and then send the bulk of their earnings back to the millions of families they left behind […]

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For the poor, COVID-19 also means debt and slavery

April 15, 2020

The world’s impoverished people already shoulder heavy burdens of personal debt. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, and jobs everywhere evaporated. Although this pandemic-driven wave of unemployment is temporary, the financial position of poor people has become even more precarious, making them prey for debt collectors, loan sharks — and slavery. The scourge of debt collection […]

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The pandemic is not going to stop immigration

March 27, 2020

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, immigration is not going to stop, especially from Central America. That’s because what migrants and refugees are leaving behind is worse than what lies ahead. Central America is home to the most intractable poverty in the Americas, and the highest rates of violence. Whether they’re headed to the United States or […]

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COVID-19 is shaking up immigration policy, and inspiring grassroots activism

March 26, 2020

Language barriers, the threat of deportation and the high cost of health care are some of the key issues that make immigrant communities especially vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. But the urgent need to prevent the spread of the disease is, at least temporarily, breaking the ice on punitive immigrant policies, and inspiring grassroots solutions […]

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For immigrants, this historic library is a quirky U.S.-Canada ‘neutral zone’

February 20, 2020

It’s becoming harder and harder for the Haskell Free Library to be part of Canada and the United States at the same time.  The remarkable, century-old building straddles the border between the two countries — and families that can’t freely across the border, particularly Iranians, have often used it for tearful reunions.  But with ever-greater […]

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