Migration/Immigration

Demonstrators gathered in front of the White House to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to terminate temporary protected status for citizens of Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 9. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

How One Top Diplomat Took a Stand Against Trump’s Immigration Policy

The under secretary of state feared that canceling the temporary protected status for some immigrants would be a blight on U.S. foreign policy.

Lillian Ochan, a 23-year-old refugee from Ethiopia, buys food items using bamba chakula cash from a shop in Kenya’s Kalobeyei settlement, village 2, in Kakuma on May 21. (World Food Programme/Martin Karimi)

Refuge, Reformed

Kenya has found a way to make refugee camps benefit host communities. Other countries should follow its lead.

Members of the environmental group Greenpeace hold up a sign calling for Australia to allow refugee children to stay in the country in Sydney on February 14, 2016, after a hospital in Brisbane refused to send an asylum-seeker baby back to detention on Nauru.

Australia’s Draconian Refugee Policy Comes Home to Roost

The government has gone to great lengths to keep asylum-seekers from its shores. Now it might have to accept some of them after all.

Conservative member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg speaks to the media after submitting a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Theresa May  on November 15, 2018 in London.

Will the Tories Sacrifice Theresa May to Survive?

Britain’s prime minister is fighting a three-front battle to save her Brexit deal. Most of the party claims to support her, but the prospect of losing power to Jeremy Corbyn might motivate Conservatives to replace their leader.

Santos Rodriguez, a 70-year-old Honduran, walks through a cornfield affected by the drought in San Buenaventura on Aug. 15. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hungry Caravan

Violence isn’t the only reason migrants are fleeing Central America. A four-year drought has destroyed harvests and lives—and has pushed the hungry northward.

A Halloween-themed citizenship ceremony for children at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31, 2017. (Photo by Drew Angerer/ Getty Images).

Trump’s Birthright Blitz

The Supreme Court already settled the birthright dispute—in 1898.

Italy's populist Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio (R) with party members Roberto Fico (L) and Alessandro Di Battista (C) after an election campaign meeting in Piazza del Popolo in Rome on March 2, 2018.

Italy’s Left-Wing Populists Won’t Stop the Far-Right. They’ll Strengthen It.

The Five Star Movement’s most prominent leftist, Alessandro Di Battista, is returning to politics, but don’t expect him to reverse the government’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Honduran migrants, heading in a caravan toward the United States, walk in Metapa, Mexico, on Oct. 22. (Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)

The World’s System for Resettling Refugees Benefits the United States

By dismantling it, Trump would leave the country—and refugees—worse off.

Demonstrators march in Sydney during a protest to demand humane treatment of asylum-seekers and refugees on July 21. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)

The World’s First Immigration Economy

Australia’s economy is addicted to immigration, requiring ever-increasing infusions of new people to stave off an inevitable collapse.

LONDON - JULY 18:  In this photo illustration a pregnant woman is seen stood at the office work station on July 18, 2005 in London, England. Under plans to revise paid maternity leave, an exteneded period of six to nine months will be offered for maternity leave from 2007. (Photo illustration by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Immigrant Labor or Working Mothers?

Countries facing labor shortages tend to focus on one or the other—but it doesn’t have to be a choice.

Naturalization candidates attend a ceremony for new U.S. citizens at the National Archives in Washington on Dec. 15, 2015. (Martin H. Simon/Pool/Getty Images)

Limit Migration to Save Migration

On the podcast: Reihan Salam takes on the immigration debate.

A photo taken on Sept. 10, 2018 in Stockholm shows a selection of front pages of Swedish newspapers in Stockholm a day after the general elections. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweden’s Far Right Has Won the War of Ideas

An election fought on the Sweden Democrats’ terms leaves the far-right party in control of the country’s agenda.

Political posters in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept. 1, ahead of the Sept. 9 general elections. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

So Long, Swedish Welfare State?

The model is already a thing of the past. But as this week’s election will show, Sweden will need to keep reforming.

A Honduran immigrant inspects map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented immigrants on September 14, 2014, in Tenosique, Mexico. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Mexico Can’t Handle Your Tired, Poor, and Huddled Masses

Ever since Donald Trump's election, America's southern neighbor has become a growing destination for migrants—and the country is already buckling under the strain.

John Tomac illustration for Foreign Policy

First They Came for the Immigrants. Then They Came for the Robots.

Politicians must prepare voters for automation; otherwise, opportunistic populists will seize the agenda.

An entrance to Fort Bliss is shown as reports indicate the military will begin to construct temporary housing for migrants. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Pentagon Says It Won’t Pay for Housing of Immigrants

Preparing shelters at military bases could take weeks.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about the release of the Trafficking in Persons report at the State Department in Washington on June 28. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

New U.S. Policy Raises Risk of Deportation for Immigrant Victims of Trafficking

The policy also makes it harder for law enforcement to investigate traffickers.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador gestures after voting during general elections, in Mexico City, on July 1, 2018.

López Obrador Is a Pragmatist, Not an Ideologue

Don’t expect Mexico’s new president to radically shift the country’s approach to foreign policy.

The first migrants from the Aquarius, a ship that was turned away by Italy and Malta sparking a major migration row in Europe, disembarked at the Spanish port of Valencia on June 17, 2018.

Spain Rescued a Ship. It Won’t Rescue Europe.

The new Spanish prime minister has refused to follow Italy in a race to the bottom, but that doesn’t mean that Madrid will lead the EU to adopt more humane migration policies.

Austria's Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (L), Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini (R) and Austria's Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (C) arrive to give a joint press conference at the end of their meeting at the Viminale palace in Rome on June 20, 2018.

Eastern Europe’s Populists Don’t Care About Italy

Matteo Salvini wants to be buddies with anti-immigrant leaders in Hungary, Poland, and Austria. But sometimes geography trumps ideology.

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