2021

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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“I will tell you the story of belatedness”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peVs-Bmh6WI “I will tell you the story of belatedness. We migrants, we refugees, we foreigners.We are always seen as delayed people.We arrive [at] the right time.And it is always too late.”Shahram Khosravi It is mid-June when we video chat with Dagmawi Yimer, an Ethiopian refugee and filmmaker living in Italy, for the first time. Dagmawi is …

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