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August 9, 2021

Global Governance
The UN Refugee Convention Is Under Pressure—and Showing Its Age

Uneven national compliance, large-scale human displacement, and climate migration threaten the UN Refugee Convention. It needs to be updated or at least supplemented.

Refugees wash clothes on the Ethiopian bank of a river that separates Sudan from Ethiopia near the Hamdeyat refugees transit camp on November 30, 2020.

March 18, 2021

Southeast Asia
As Myanmar’s Turmoil Gets Worse, External Actors Should Prepare for Refugee Flows

The situation on the ground in Myanmar continues to deteriorate. In the initial days after the February 1 military coup, the junta seemed somewhat reluctant to use brutal force to disperse demonstrat…

Anti-coup protesters stand at a barricade as they clash with security forces on Bayint Naung Bridge in Mayangone, Yangon, Myanmar, on March 16, 2021.

December 30, 2019

Women and Women's Rights
Fleeing Home: Refugees and Human Trafficking

Global refugee flows are currently at the highest levels in history. Many refugees are at risk of a human rights violation too often insufficiently addressed in security and conflict prevention effor…

Rohingya refugee at Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

July 23, 2020

Americas
Mexican Migration Could Be the First Crisis of 2021

The pandemic has worsened all the factors driving migrants north, not least from Mexico.

Mexican migrants deported from the U.S. are pictured at Paso del Norte International Border bridge after the U.S. and Mexico have agreed to restrict non-essential travel over their shared border to limit the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico March 21, 2020.

September 25, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
New Refugee Ceiling Disproportionately Hurts Female Refugees

The Trump administration announced intentions to lower the refugee ceiling in fiscal year 2019, a change that would disproportionately affect women and children, who represented 72 percent of refugee…

Central American asylum seekers, including a Honduran girl, 2, and her mother, are taken into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.

January 23, 2019

Niger
African Migration Across the Sahara Is Down

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.

Niger-Agadez-Migrant-Trafficking-Sahara

April 2, 2018

Venezuela
Venezuela’s Migration Crisis

Yesterday I joined Dany Bahar, David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Francisca Vigaud-Walsh, Senior Advocate for Women and Girls at Refugees International, at the Inter-America…

O'Neil speaks at the Inter-American Dialogue

January 26, 2018

Immigration and Migration
Making Migration Work

The UN is right to underscore the benefits of broad-based international cooperation on migration, particularly regarding measures that could, over time, reduce migrant flows by improving conditions i…

 African migrant holds a European Union flag

April 9, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
New Afrobarometer Data on Where and Why Africans Want to Migrate

Afrobarometer, a credible, pan-African polling organization, released new data on the desire to migrate in most African countries. How to respond to immigration in all its forms is a compelling political issue in rich countries, making the migration data especially relevant now.

Immigants-Africa-Morocco-Camps

August 8, 2019

Refugees and Displaced Persons
U.S. Refugee Resettlement Shrinking as Need From Africa Continues Growing

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), out of the 1.2 million refugees worldwide that needed resettlement in 2018, only fifty-five thousand were actually resettled—a mere 4.7 percent of the global need. Sub-Saharan Africa hosts twenty-six percent of the world’s refugee population.

An aerial view shows rows upon rows of recently constructed shacks at the Kakuma refugee camp.