I have moved ….

I have moved both physically and in Cyberspace. After 30+ years of living mainly in the United States, I am now spending my time both in Washington DC and in my hometown of Poznan in Poland where I have assumed a three-year Visiting Professorship at the Adam Mickiewicz University. I am affiliated both with the …

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Thinking about precarity

I have been thinking about precarity a lot in recent months, both in relation to my research on international migration and in relation to my own livelihood. The notion of precarity has always featured prominently in migration studies Precarity (also precariousness) has been defined as precarious existence, lacking in predictability, job security, material or psychological welfare. …

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Cruel and unusual punishment: A personal reflection on the DACA decision

Yesterday, 800,000 dreams were shattered as the Republican administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is a cruel and unusual punishment for young people who have not committed any crimes, often don’t know any other country but the United States, and want to stay here to contribute to our society and …

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Waiting for another executive order

In the first week since his inauguration, Donald Trump has signed several executive orders. According to various reports, the next executive order suspending the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program for four months will be signed as early as this afternoon. Signing this order  on January 27—the Holocaust Remembrance Day—is indeed cruelly ironic.  In 1939, the United …

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Bicske refugee camp to close at the end of December

Just a quick trip to the refugee camp in Bicske, a small town outside Budapest, before the camp closes at the end of December.  Bicske, which has been operating as a refugee facility for over two decades, is being shut down as part of a government-mandated wave of camp closures. It is difficult to say …

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We too have got pens and phones….

The right-wing (they claim to be non-partisan sic!) research organization known as Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has reacted to the now famous quote by President Obama--"I've got a pen, and I've got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive action"--with a long backgrounder outlining 79 immigration …

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Become a border hunter…

The Hungarian police is recruiting 3,000 "border-hunters" to join some 10,000 police and soldiers patrolling a razor-wire fence built to stop refugees crossing the border from Serbia. The recruitment posts are scattered all over Budapest, including the Keleti Railway Station that became a de facto refugee camp for tens of thousands of people fleeing violence in …

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Brussels or Budapest, that was the question…

Foto by Elzbieta M. Gozdziak Caption Translation: Do not take chances, vote "No" In October 2 referendum Hungarians were asked a simple question: "Do you want the European Union to prescribe the mandatory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens in Hungary without the consent of the National Assembly?" Voter turnout was only 39 percent, far short of …

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Building Contact between Immigrants and Host Communities is Vital to Integration, guest post by Jonas Bergmann

Extensive evidence shows that fostering contact between natives and immigrants decreases intergroup prejudices, anxieties, and perceived threats, which can pave the way for successful integration, social cohesion, and development. The growing scale of human mobility worldwide has rendered immigration a salient topic with a prominent place in public discourse. European citizens, for instance, currently perceive …

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The U.S. Refugee Resettlement System: A Different Kind of Integration Challenge

This is a blog post of mine published on the Sussex University website in conjunction with a recent conference on refugee resettlement. The U.S. refugee resettlement system is the largest in the world. Since 1975, over 3 million refugees have been resettled in the United States. It has garnered bipartisan endorsement in Congress as well …

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