Denmark passes controversial law requiring new
citizens to shake hands
As of January 1 of this year, a new law in Denmark
requires all new citizens to shake hands. This
simple gesture of welcome and inclusion is not going
over well with the many Muslim immigrants and
refugees who hold an entirely different view of a
As Migrants despair, Smugglers Profit
The New York Times
Although the number of asylum seekers is increasing
at U.S. borders, few are achieving legal entry. For
some desperate to cross the border, smugglers are
becoming an alternative means of entry; and,
consequently, these smuggling cartels are now
reaping huge profits. Azam Ahmed for The New York
Times examines the hopes of waiting migrants and
the lure of being smuggled into the U.S.
Refugee Agencies Under Siege
Tessa Weinberg and Nausheen Husain
The reduction in refugees has been felt in Chicago,
where some resettlement agencies have gone months
with no refugees. And as Tessa Weinberg and Nausheen
Husain report in the Chicago Tribune, "Fewer
refugees means less federal funding for agencies
that receive money from the State Department."
Governments seek to narrow avenues for humanitarian
Sara Staedicke and Michelle Mittelstadt
Migration Policy Institute
Faced with absorbing vast numbers of asylum seekers who
headed to Europe during the 2015-16 migration crisis and
the ongoing arrival of much smaller, but steady flows of
Central Americans at the U.S.-Mexico boarder, EU Member
States and the United
States in 2018 took or explored steps to narrow asylum
and to harden policies.
migrants to the u.s. wait months at the border
According to a report by Dara Lind, Vox.com, the
U.S. has made migrants at the border wait months to
apply for asylum. Now the dam is breaking and
advocates and lawyers at the border have seen
firsthand the choices that this holdup forces
migrants to make.
The Landscape of Immigration Detention in the U.S.
Emily Ryo, JD, PhD and Ian Peacock, MA
American Immigration Council
Emily Ryo and Ian Peacock have authored a report for
the American Immigration Council on the "landscape"
of detention—who was detained, where were they
confined, what was the outcome of detention. The
report details a complex network of over 600 sites.
and follow link to the PDF
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