Migration as Clickbait

The demonization of young migrants and their families may be shocking, but these policies and practices are neither new nor surprising.

Refugees and Police Violence in Calais

An anthropologist reflects on ethical responsibility and everyday violence. Sitting on a bench in a beautiful town-center park in Calais, we speak to a number of Ethiopian refugees who tell us they are worried about further confrontation with the police. I am volunteering with a British NGO as part of my fieldwork, and, accompanied by […]

Colonialism’s Orchestrated Disasters in Puerto Rico

“María, María, perdí la esperanza, María, María, perdí la esperanza.” I am reminded of these lyrics from the bomba group, Yuba Iré, when I see the pictures and videos of our beloved nation of Puerto Rico in ruins. Some of us had lived through hurricanes before, but nothing had prepared us for this level of […]

Giving Birth at Europe’s Door

(Un)Making Precarious Lives in the Mediterranean I did not expect a project on birth and pregnant crossings in EU borderlands to make me think about death and mourning so much. Yet now they seem so intimately connected I wonder how it could have ever been otherwise. I find myself increasingly dividing my time between visits […]

Cities as Migrant Emplacement

São Paulo rappers are remaking the cultural space of the city. We’ve joined forces with AAA’s public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to run an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. Current events continue to remind us that migration is a […]

Immigrant Journeys to Higher Education

 Immigrant parents are the original DREAMers. The research considers us successful because we made it to college. I think we wouldn’t be here without our parents. That’s just the bottom line. Our parents had so much personal drive and so much dedication to bring us to where we are now that there’s no way that […]

Reproductive Travelers

Examining the migratory pathways of a global reproductive industry.   We’ve joined forces with AAA’s latest public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to launch an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. American reproductive travelers I met Valerie at a Czech […]

AAA’s Migration Initiative Featured at the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

“A living cultural museum,” would be the best way to describe the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The outdoor festival that spans two weeks provides an opportunity to listen to music, observe and partake in the making of crafts and eat cuisine from around the world. This year’s Festival focused on the Basque Country and the culturally […]