Continuity, Change, and Complexities: Characterizing Forced Migration in Latin America

When we think of migration and displacement in the Western hemisphere, from our position in the United States, the events that likely first come to mind have to do with migration from Central America to the U.S. Over the summer, stories of groups of Central Americans seeking asylum at the U.S. border, the ongoing push … Continue reading Continuity, Change, and Complexities: Characterizing Forced Migration in Latin America

The “Forgotten” Refugees: The Case of North Korea

“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is in the midst of a protracted, entrenched humanitarian situation largely forgotten or overlooked by the rest of the world.” -Tapan Mishra, United Nations Resident Coordinator for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, in the March 2018 Report “DPR Korea Needs and Priorities.”   While pictures of the … Continue reading The “Forgotten” Refugees: The Case of North Korea

The EU’s Securitization Strategy to Stem Irregular Migration from Africa Fails to Address Root Causes

The European Union (EU) is desperate to stem the flow of irregular migrants from Africa due to political backlash at home. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers from Sub-Saharan Africa embark on the perilous journey north to Libya to secure risky passage across the Mediterranean Sea. EU states processed nearly one … Continue reading The EU’s Securitization Strategy to Stem Irregular Migration from Africa Fails to Address Root Causes

The Ongoing Displacement in Eastern Europe

“The end is near,” Ukrainian film director and Russian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov wrote in early August on his 92nd day of a hunger strike.  Russian occupying authorities arrested Sentsov in Crimea due to his involvement in the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and protest against the illegal annexation of Crimea; a Russian court sentenced him … Continue reading The Ongoing Displacement in Eastern Europe

An Overview of Displacement Around the World

In June, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) released this year’s updated statistics on global forced migration. The annual Global Trends report provides information on the scope of global forced migration as of the end of 2017. The numbers indicate that 68.5 people worldwide are forcibly displaced. This includes internally displaced people (IDPs), … Continue reading An Overview of Displacement Around the World

[Refugees Welcome!] Director Presents at the United Nations

In June, [Refugees Welcome!] was honored to be featured at the United Nations Universities Join Together Conference. The conference took place on June 7 and involved participants from universities all over the world. Throughout the day, attendees presented on and discussed various projects related to refugees and immigrants and using campus resources and connections as … Continue reading [Refugees Welcome!] Director Presents at the United Nations

What the Travel Ban Means for the United States and the World

A Brief History of the Travel Ban On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order stopping the entry of all refugees for 120 days (Syrian refugees were banned indefinitely) and temporarily banning people from seven, majority-Muslim, countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. In the immediate release of this order, protestors … Continue reading What the Travel Ban Means for the United States and the World

[Refugees Welcome!] Collaborates with No Lost Generation to Support Refugee Education

[Refugees Welcome!]’s campus chapter at the University of Massachusetts Boston was excited to join another campus organization, No Lost Generation, in support of refugees’ education. Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, No Lost Generation has been working with the Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center (RIAC), and in the spring, they organized a school supply drive to … Continue reading [Refugees Welcome!] Collaborates with No Lost Generation to Support Refugee Education

[RW!]’s Blog

Welcome to [RW!]’s new and revamped blog! Refugees Welcome! is a non-profit organization that provides a platform in the Greater Boston Area, where immigrant and refugee service providers can network and share resources. Additionally, part of [RW!]’s mission is to spread awareness and contribute to general education on topics related to migration. Together, our board … Continue reading [RW!]’s Blog