Migration/Immigration

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.

Protestors demonstrate against family separation outside the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, California, on June 23. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

State Department Report Warns Kids in Government-Run Facilities ‘Easy Targets’ for Human Traffickers

An annual government report sits awkwardly with the Trump administration’s policy of forcibly separating families at the border.

A researcher disinfects a one-day-old panda cub in an incubator at the China Wolong Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre on August 8, 2006  (China Photos/Getty Images)

Don’t Close the Door on Chinese Scientists Like Me

New visa limitations for Chinese students only aid Beijing’s technocratic ambitions.

France's President Emmanuel Macron addresses students at the North Rhine-Westphalia technical university on May 10, 2018 in Aachen, Germany (above); Supporters and elected officials of the far-right Front National protest the French government's immigration policies near the National Assembly on April 20, 2018 in Paris (below).

Saving European Democracy Starts at Home

If French President Emmanuel Macron is serious about pushing back against xenophobic populists, he needs to revamp his own legislative agenda.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) on May 23, 2017 in Manchester, England, following a suicide attack at Manchester Arena.

Don’t Blame Amber Rudd for Britain’s Racist Immigration System

The ousted home secretary was trying to clean up the mess her boss created. Theresa May alone is responsible for the “hostile environment” policy’s heinous abuses.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends the ceremonial swearing-in of  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Weighs Taking Refugee Programs Away From State Department

Mike Pompeo’s first test could be a plan to remove refugee aid from Foggy Bottom.

An image released November 13, 2017, shows detainees staging a protest inside the compound at the Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea.

There’s No Escape From Australia’s Refugee Gulag

One branch of Canberra's notorious offshore detention system has closed. But the men who were imprisoned there are now stranded on a remote Pacific island that doesn't want them.

FBI agents collect evidence at a FedEx Office facility following an explosion at a nearby sorting center on March 20, in Sunset Valley, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Travel Ban Might Be Legal, but It’s Bad Policy

Most terrorists don’t get radicalized abroad; they’re made in the USA.

Soldiers from the Foreign Legion march down the Champs Elysees, with the Arc de Triomphe in the background,  in Paris during a rehearsal of the annual Bastille Day military parade on July 10, 2017. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Army Service Could Be the Answer to Europe’s Integration Problem

The EU’s defense forces are struggling to recruit, and immigrants are often eager to serve.

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