A collection of news articles, op-eds and thinkpieces on migration
Rescue Operations on the Mediterranean
Over 10,000 migrants have been rescued over the course of just two days in operations led by the Italian coast guard. Rescue operations of this scale have been rare since late August, but prove that the Mediterranean remains an important route for migrants, predominantly from African nations, wishing to reach Europe. A little less than a month ago, 204 people died on a single day when a boat with more than 500 people capsized in front of the Egyptian coast. More and more Egyptians have been trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, most of them being unaccompanied minors disillusioned by the lack of economic opportunities and skeptical about the government’s efforts.
U.S. Election and the Minority Vote
Migration is one of the focus issues of the upcoming U.S. election. Trump’s racist and bigoted comments has minority voters largely unified in their stance against him - with more and more Asian-Americans registering Democrat, even among those communities that have traditionally voted more Republican. In Santa Ana, the Latino/a community, which makes up 78% of the city’s population, is not only an important support base for the Democrats, but also provides a glimpse into a changing California - and United States, as an entire Latino city council facilitates political, demographic and cultural change.
Forced Migration on the Rise in Latin America
Meanwhile, more migrants are trying to make their way into the U.S. This Time article follows two Cuban women on their long and costly journey of 8,000 miles all the way through the Latin American continent, where they hope to be granted asylum. That prospect is grim for another growing group of migrants from Central America, who are escaping violence by security forces and gangs. Asylum applications from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are expected to increase by a rate of 658% since 2011, but few succeed.