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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Love beyond borders

How will the hardening of immigration policies affect the radical potential of romance?

I am not a criminal, I am an artist

The story of three Moroccan dancers who despite having valid Visas, were refused entry, locked up, and deported by the Dutch authorities.

US immigration policy leaves millions in limbo

As non-citizens or residents, immigrants in US detention centers are not afforded the basic rights and accommodations that are supposed to be provided to regular prisoners. Samuel’s case is revealing. Español

Migration complexity requires a less conditional compassion

We must not replace misleading and dehumanising portraits of migration with mono-dimensional accounts of vulnerability and victimhood, which paradoxically continue to set those on the move apart from us.

The rising tide of national populism: we need to talk seriously about immigration

There is a key democracy argument in this new book which calls for an urgent step change in our liberal democracies and a new type of political leadership.

Remembering against the tide: Giulio Regeni and the transnational horizons of memory

Two years after the murder of Giulio Regeni, the call for truth and justice has yet to be answered. 

Brother, where art thou? Libya, spaces of violence and the diffusion of knowledge

The decreasing number of migrants arriving on Italian shores does not mean that the people stopped fleeing persecution, violence, or poverty, but simply stopped arriving. Where are they? 

Critical voices in critical times: Fanon, race & politics - an interview with Mireille Fanon-Mendès France (part 1 of 2)

Mireille Fanon-Mendès France, activist, scholar, and daughter of Frantz Fanon, talks about the enduring relevance of his ideas and passions in contemporary political life.

Historical amnesia and Europe’s migration relations with Libya

Driven by domestic politics and the need to be seen to be doing something, Europe has locked itself in a cycle of dodgy deals.

Zones of turbulence in the wake of EU-Turkey’s migration agreement

The implementation of the EU-Turkey deal helps restore order to liberal markets and the political economy. The results of the deal are entirely to the detriment of the migrants affected. Who gains?

The EU-Turkey migration agreement and its humanitarian masquerade

The binding of security to humanitarianism, as is the case with this EU-Turkey agreement, exposes its underlying aim of maintaining the economic trade integrity of the Union.

For partners in managing refugee flows, don’t look to Libya

Current proposals for European cooperation with Libya to contain migration and refugee flows are ill-advised.

Europe: time to face up

Sharing responsibility for the refugee crisis is a first step, but it remains unclear if EU members will work towards resolving its root cause.

This is what life is like for an asylum seeker

Survival on £35 a week, the everyday boredom of waiting for a trial, and how the system needs to be humanised: a UK asylum seeker speaks out.

Belarusian Warsaw – ghetto or gilded cage?

For twenty years Alyaksandr Lukashenka, president of Belarus, has ruled with an iron hand, and ruined the economy; and still there is no sign of the screws loosening. Meanwhile, as Annabelle Chapman reports, his country has seen a brain drain of young talented Belarusians, many of them to neighbouring Poland.

Postcard to Khodorkovsky

“Dear Mikhail Borisovich, we’re having such a lovely time in London – weather is fabulous, the shops are SO good! Sorry we haven’t been in touch, but we are just so busy defending democracy! Wish you were here.”

Marginal bodies: queer migrants on transformation

What does it mean to be undocumented in the USA? Drawing from her own experiences of the asylum system, mónica enríquez-enríquez presents two short films on queer migration, violence, loss and finding identity in the margins. Contains upsetting content. 

The American Dream, through Latin America

Faced with tighter border controls in Europe, African migrants are viewing Latin America as the gateway to the American Dream. But in a long journey marked by violence, corruption, and paperwork, many are left in the morass that surrounds border crossings


Here’s hoping this postcard finds you well. It has been 30 years since the abolition of the passport and various visa requirements and things are looking up, contrary to the dire warnings of doomsayers who said this would lead to untold chaos. The notion of open borders, a truly democratic global citizenship, and the free movement of people and ideas have become the norm. The world has become truly, in a manner of speaking, a pluralist village square. Even the nationalists who opposed the idea of a world without borders have abandoned arms and joined the contest of ideas. The battle is by no means over. Some continue to hold onto the dated idea of the nation-state and the passport. We must remain forever vigilant.

Adil Naeem
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