February 12, 2019Refugees and Displaced Persons
What is a refugee? A quarter billion people worldwide live outside their country of nationality. One-tenth of them are refugees. While most migrants are fleeing poverty and seeking opportunity, refugees are running from acute threats: barrel bombs in Syria, razed villages in Myanmar, or repression and crime in Venezuela.
January 23, 2019Niger
The BBC cites data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which are probably the best available. According to IOM, in 2015 there were 6,000 traffickers in the Agadez region of Niger who transported some 340,000 migrants across the Sahara to Libya. The migrants were eventually bound for Europe. They came from all over West Africa to Agadez, long a center of the cross Sahara trade.
February 15, 2018Venezuela
In addition to a sharp economic downturn, Venezuela faces a humanitarian crisis. The United States can do little to prevent a downward spiral, but it should take measures to mitigate the political, economic, and humanitarian consequences of a potential mass emigration.