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Sanctuary Says

Citation: Migration and Society: Advances in Research 4 (2021): 16-18 © The Authors doi:10.3167/arms.2021.040103 Download the pdf Abstract: In 2018, the New School Working Group on Expanded Sanctuary collaboratively organized a series of workshops in New York to reflect on the question of sanctuary as a conceptual and practical starting point for cross-coalitional politics, including …

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Sanctuary in Countries of Origin: A Transnational Perspective

Author: Alexandra Délano Alonso  Citation: Migration and Society: Advances in Research 4 (2021): 84–98 © The Authors doi:10.3167/arms.2021.040109 Download the pdf Abstract: While current interpretations of sanctuary are most often associated with practices to protect, support, and accompany migrants with precarious status in countries of destination in the Global North, debates around the concept …

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Brotes: Book Launch

Elefanta Editorial and in•ter•sti•tial press present Brotes, a book of poems and photographs written during the first wave of COVID-19 by Alexandra Délano Alonso. The book launched was hosted on April 23, 2021 and included an experimental reading and live musical performance, viewed via Zoom. Music by Shahzad Ismaily. Introductions by the editors Emiliano Becerril …

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Refugee Policy in the Biden Administration

On April 23, 2021, T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute and University Professor at The New School, Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS, and Kayly Ober, Senior Advocate and Program Manager, Climate Displacement Program at Refugees International discussed the Biden Administration’s refugee policies and proposed actions. NPR’s Deborah Amos moderated. Watch the …

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Niina Vuolajarvi Brings Activism-Informed Research to the Zolberg Institute

Niina Vuolajarvi began her postdoctoral fellowship at NSSR in January 2021, bringing her long background of activism and academic research “at the intersection of sex work studies and migration studies” to the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Before starting her PhD in Sociology at Rutgers University, Vuolajarvi organized around migrant rights, anti-racism, feminist movements and …

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The True Story of Two Guatemalan Asylum Seekers at Our Border: A saga of dispossession, past and present

Photo Credit: David Peinado Romero/Shutterstock I met Francisco Chávez and Gaspar Cobo through a colleague and advocate for migrants’ and refugees’ human rights who works in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The two of them had fled Guatemala in June 2019. Travelling with a larger group of Central Americans going north, it took them twenty days to …

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A Conversation about the Proposed Immigration Legislation

On February 18, 2021, proposed immigration legislation, based on a proposal President Biden put forth on his first day in office, was released. Much of the 353-page document focuses on paths to citizenship and other reforms to current immigration legislation. On February 19, 2021, Alex Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute, joined Prof. Alexandra Délano …

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Must immigrants sacrifice themselves to COVID-19 for basic rights?

France’s granting of citizenship to essential workers has been heralded in the US. But this only entrenches racism in societies that need to face up to their colonial debts. Authors: Sofya Aptekar and Miriam Ticktin Harsh systems that include detention await migrants who make it to the US or France. | Angelos Tzortzinis/DPA/PA Images. All …

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Biden’s Immigration Agenda

Event Recap Immediately after the election in November, the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility and the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) released a report presenting 40 recommendations for immigration policy reform.  In the first week of his Administration, President Biden signed a number of Executive Orders, reversing many of the more drastic immigration policies put in …

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