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Will “America first” mean refugees last?

Regardless of if you look at United States, Europe, or the Pacific, the global asylum system is quickly falling apart.

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Will “America first” mean refugees last?

Regardless of if you look at United States, Europe, or the Pacific, the global asylum system is quickly falling apart.

Smoke but no fire: how not to read UK government trafficking statistics

The year-end reports from the UK’s national referral mechanism fail to present a comprehensive understanding of trafficking in the UK.

Pushing for safe passage in Ireland

The families of many Irish citizens and residents are stuck in war zones. Why won’t the state offer them safe passage? 

The contradictions of contemporary au pair schemes

Not all au pairs are exploited, but they do carry out work in conditions that may encourage maltreatment. Recognising them as workers is a first step towards ensuring their fair treatment.

Organising freelancers in the platform economy: part two

Adopting online freelancing platforms as part of a business model presents organisations with challenges that require novel solutions.

Will “America first” mean refugees last?

Regardless of if you look at United States, Europe, or the Pacific, the global asylum system is quickly falling apart.

It’s time to regulate the gig economy

Technology is used to monitor workers doing platform-based work. It can also be used to regulate work and protect workers.

Organising freelancers in the platform economy: part one

To understand the future of work we need to explore the diversity of platforms and how they are used in the modern economy.

Ciudadanía y producción democrática

El ciudadano productor se beneficia, por un lado, del conocimiento en red y, por otro, de los espacios de producción. La inclusión de los distintos sectores sociales requiere nuevas habilidades. English Português 

Human smugglers roundtable: Yaatsil Guevara

How does raising the costs of human smuggling make it more likely for migrants to fall into the hands of organised crime?

Trade unions, the internet, and surviving the gig economy

The internet provides new opportunities to strengthen collective action and improve new forms of work.

It’s not the gig economy, stupid.

The gig economy has got us talking about the labour market, but the decline in trade union membership matters more.

Human smugglers roundtable II

Forget all you think you know about human smuggling. The human smugglers roundtable is back.

Human smugglers roundtable: Sine Plambech

When happiness is a daughter in Europe, anti-trafficking policies don’t save you.

Human smugglers roundtable: Theodora Simon

Why are military tools being deployed against a humanitarian crisis on the US-Mexico border?

Human smugglers roundtable: Jill Alpes

How does raising the costs of human smuggling make it more likely for migrants to fall into the hands of organised crime?

Human smugglers roundtable: Anna Triandafyllidou

What does the EU sacrifice when it prioritises migration management in negotiations with countries of origin and transit?

Human smugglers roundtable: Lupe Flores

How does anti-trafficking policies lead to the separation of families?

Human smugglers roundtable: Nassim Majidi & Saagarika Dadu-Brown

We need policies that take seriously the complexity of migrant-smuggler relationships.

Human smugglers roundtable: on border restrictions and movement

Are border fortifications/restrictions a useful or counterproductive response to mass movements of people?

Gender and care in times of global economy

Gender and care – a complicated relationship in times of global economy. An interview with Rhacel Parreñas, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at University of Southern California

A crisis of control: what should the on-demand workforce be demanding?

To improve security at work we must bring together the demands of people in work with those looking to find work.

Same as it ever was? Labour rights and worker organisation in the modern economy

New jobs, old problems. How can labour protect itself from the cloud?

Crowdsourced humanitarianism and the fight for safe passage

Social media helped coordinate a volunteer response to the new arrivals on Lesvos when governments failed to step up to the plate, but can such a system be replicated?

Countering xenophobia through story-telling

Story-telling and communal art are powerful tools in the fight against xenophobia. In the age of the echo chamber we need to learn to listen again.

The call for ‘safe passage’

European governments aren’t heading calls to establish safe passage for migrants and refugees, and people are dying because of it.

Brexit as a driver of modern slavery?

Signing Article 50 today may well give the prime minister her legacy, but it could also derail her other signature policy by increasing ‘modern slavery’ in the UK.

Leaving home to become a domestic worker

For women migrants from Bangladesh, education and technical skills can be real game changers.

The sadism of anti-trafficking and the erasure of racial slavery

This debate has failed to engage with the enduring structure of racial slavery. As representations of African migrants in the Mediterranean illustrate, anti-trafficking campaigns feed into the problem they aim to dismantle. 

Interview: the cat and mouse game of creating ‘safe passage’

As states fortify their external borders the calls for creating ‘safe passage’ are growing louder, yet the term is hard to define and the ways to dodge responsibility are many.

Gaps in global advocacy for the protection of migrants’ rights

Migrants have no dedicated advocate within the fractured landscape of the UN system. Could that be changed?

A new agenda for facilitating human mobility after the UN summits on refugees and migrants

Mobility is key to development and prosperity, and with the proper vision we can make broader legal pathways for migration work for everyone.

We should all be deported

When authorised migrants comply with immigration inspections they legitimise the violence process of border control. Solidarity with unauthorised migrants requires more civil disobedience.

New report sheds light on the human trafficking of domestic workers in the United States

Data from the Beyond Survival campaign reveals that domestic workers are vulnerable to the most extreme forms of exploitation. Domestic workers around the country are organizing.

Efforts to clean up global supply chains so far come up short

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act fell short of holding companies accountable for forced labour in their supply chains. Can the loopholes be fixed? 

How ‘evidence-based’ anti-trafficking campaigns make facts and mismeasure freedom

Sensational, sexualised imagery is often held up as the greatest sin of anti-trafficking awareness campaigns, but bad data masquerading as authoritative fact is far more insidious.

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