Migration and Immigration

A Salvadoran police officer guards a crime scene where a member of the National Civil Police was allegedly killed by gang members, in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, on Oct. 17, 2017.

El Salvador’s Homicide Rate Hit a Historic Low in 2020

But the reasons behind the drop are unclear, and broader security and economic reforms are urgently needed.

Commuters sleep while waiting for the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to open to cross to the United States from Tijuana, Mexico

The Human Cost of Endless Pandemic Border Closures

One year after the world declared borders shut, there is still no plan to reduce the toll on millions of lives.

Migrants in a dinghy navigate in the English Channel toward the south coast of England after crossing from France, on Sept. 1, 2020.

Britain Doesn’t Have a Refugee Crisis, So It Created One

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel have unnecessarily warehoused and endangered thousands of asylum-seekers in an effort to pander to the right-wing press.

Omar Roman and Michelle Chinos hang a poster in their search for family member Homero Roman Gómez in Brooks County, Texas.

The Rolling Tragedy of ‘Missing in Brooks County’

A new documentary reveals the human cost of a decadeslong deterrence policy at the southern U.S. border. Will President Biden do anything about it?

A Palestinian man and his wife ride a donkey cart past street art showing doctors wearing masks due to the COVID-19  pandemic in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza Strip, on Nov. 16, 2020.

Countries Are Ramping Up Vaccinations. What About Refugees?

With millions stranded in camps with limited access to shots, there’s a big problem looming in the world’s quest to quash COVID-19.

A man hangs a Burundian flag on the lead bus transporting repatriated refugees arriving at the Gisuru border crossing on Oct. 3, 2019 in Ruyigi, Burundi.

Kicking Refugees Out Makes Everyone Less Safe

Tanzania is pushing Burundian refugees out—and endangering the region’s stability.

Hundreds of people gather for a "Lights for Liberty" protest against migrant detention camps and impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New York City, on July 12, 2019.

What to Expect From Biden’s Immigration Policies

Latin America expert Shannon O’Neil discusses Biden’s plans to reverse family separation, rebuild the asylum and refugee system, and give hope to “Dreamers” and their families.

A woman counts money outside a U.S. remittance collection agency in San Isidro, San Salvador, on June 10, 2020.

The Pandemic May Change Remittances—for the Better

Long denominated in cash, payments back to home countries are finally going digital.

People hold signs during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in San Diego on June 18, 2020.

Let’s Not Blow This Chance to Fix Immigration

Biden’s reform plan is laudable. But it repeats the battles of the Obama years.

People walk by a sign for both a coronavirus testing clinic and a COVID-19 vaccination location

Blocking Undocumented Immigrants From Vaccination Is Self-Sabotage

A crucial and vulnerable population needs rapid access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Workers clear snow in Seoul

Migrants Are Doing the Jobs South Koreans Sneer At

The system punishes undocumented workers but winks at their employers.

The president of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra

Why Did the Central African Republic Declare a State of Emergency?

The country’s postelection violence threatens a humanitarian catastrophe—and a continued standoff between Russia and France for influence in Central Africa.

Honduran migrants, en route to the border with the United States, walk along a road in Camotan, Guatemala, on Jan. 16.

Biden’s First Steps on Latin America

Only days into his presidency, he’s already changed the game on immigration.

Revelers celebrate news of Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president in Washington on Nov. 7, 2020.

Biden’s Bold Gamble on Immigration Is About America’s Future

Failed immigration reform gave rise to Trumpism. Success could finally cool the debate.

Pro-Tibetan supporters

Refugees Are Victims of Chinese Espionage, Not Accomplices

A Tibetan case reveals how the Chinese Communist Party coerces communities worldwide.

A Kurdish refugee mother and son from the Syrian town of Kobani walk beside their tent in a camp in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc on the Turkish-Syrian border on Oct. 19, 2014.

Refugees Can’t Live in Limbo Forever

Governments and aid organizations think of displaced populations as temporary. But it is time to face reality.

Migrants, many from Cameroon, listen to names being called in Tijuana, Mexico

The United States Has Failed Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers

Fleeing a civil war shaped by the West, Cameroonians have been met on American shores with hostility, high-risk conditions, and now unconscionable deportation.

A Sudanese asylum-seeker talks during an interview in the southern part of Tel Aviv where thousands of them live, on Oct. 25.

The Kafkaesque World of Sudanese Refugees in Israel

Aid organizations fear that Israel is about to deport thousands of asylum-seekers to Sudan now that the two countries have made peace.

An elderly woman waves to a volunteer during Christian Orthodox Easter celebration in Bucharest, Romania, on April 18.

Western Europe Is Losing Its Immigrants

Eastern Europeans are returning home in droves. Here’s what that means for Eastern Europe’s economies—and the European Union.

Load 10 More Articles