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
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
Jeffrey H. Cohen, The Ohio State University On Sept. 12, a new cease-fire took effect in Syria. With a lull in fighting, some are hopeful for an end to the nation’s ongoing civil war. Yet, even if the war ends soon, rebuilding the country will take time. As many refugees Continue Reading
Please inspect the full issue at: http://tplondon.com/journal/index.php/ml/issue/view/77 Migration Letters, Vol 13, No 3 (2016, September) Table of Contents Editorial: The Migration Conference and 13 years of Migration Letters PDF Ibrahim Sirkeci, Philip L. Martin 329-332 Articles Acculturation contexts: Theorizing on the role of inter-cultural hierarchy in contemporary immigrants’ acculturation strategies PDF Continue Reading
Displaced people balance conflicts and insecurities at places of origin and of destination. Once you are on the move, migration, return or remigration is always on the menu. Syrians moved to Turkey fleeing the Assad regime. Now for many they are trying to reach Europe and avoid the insecurities of Turkey (lack of refugee status, volatile political system, tough labour market, to name a few). What awaits them in Europe is bleak and includes the rise of right wing parties across the continent and strong anti-immigration sentiment. The Brexit referendum in the UK was dominated by hatred against immigrants, for instance.
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.