Syrian refugees 'detrimental' to Americans? The numbers tell a different story

Jeffrey H. Cohen, The Ohio State University President Donald Trump wants to close the door on Syrian refugees, barring them indefinitely from settling in the U.S. In an executive order signed on Jan. 27, the president wrote: “I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is Continue Reading

Refugees, migration addressed in first-time UN summit: What was accomplished?

Jeffrey H. Cohen, The Ohio State University and Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London This week the United Nations General Assembly held the first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants. According to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the summit represented “a watershed moment to strengthen governance of international migration and a unique opportunity Continue Reading

Failed coup in Turkey means thousands are voting with their feet

Ibrahim Sirkeci, Professor of Transnational Studies and Director of Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies, Regent’s University London and Jeffrey H. Cohen, Professor of Anthropology, The Ohio State University Turkey is facing a new danger – brain drain. On July 15, a group within the Turkish military staged a coup. It failed. But since then, Continue Reading

A record 65.3 million people were displaced last year: What does that number actually mean?

The differences that define “good” and “bad” refugees misrepresent the conflicts that motivate movement. The need to divide “good” from “bad” renders the civil, social and environmental insecurities that drive migrants and refugees to move moot.