Migrant Lives

France

Why They Leave, Understanding Immigrant Psychology

The latest disturbing images along the modern immigrant journey arrive from the French-Italian border. Five migrants from the Ivory Coast, in flip-flops and soaked t-shirts, were rescued last week ...

Syria

Why Syrian Refugees Are Giving Up On Europe

The route from Turkey to Greece was once crowded with Syrian asylum seekers fleeing to Europe. Bu...

Côte d'Ivoire

In Ivory Coast, Stars Campaign To Keep People From Emigrating

ABIDJAN — Jumping and dancing to the rhythm of the popular urban music zouglou, they snap pictures on their smartphones of their idols performing onstage. Always smiling and never sitting still, ...

Italy

"Refugeeland" - Italy Resettles 80 Asylum Seekers In Town Of 7

The government's placement of migrants could increase the population of Vaccarozzi di Erbezzo...

Guatemala

Displaced Guatemalans Languish On Mexican Border

LAGUNA LARGA — Four months ago, hundreds of villagers were expelled from their land in the jungles of northern Guatemala. The government claimed they were encroaching on a protected national park, ...

Algeria

Algeria To Sardinia, A New Migrant Route To Europe

CAGLIARI — Just over 280 kilometers (174 miles) of Mediterranean water separates the Algerian port city of Annaba from the Sulcis on the southwest coast of the Italian island of Sardinia. As Italy ...

Tunisia

The Arab Spring Didn't Change My Life, A New Tunisian Exodus To Italy

SFAX — Plastic bags litter the fields that separate the highway from the Mediterranean Sea. Tunisian fishermen sail their boats in the Gulf of Gabes, between the cities of Sfax and Zarzis — and ...

Lebanon

The Latest Anti-Immigrant Party On The Rise ... In Lebanon

The Lebanese "Party of Hope" calls for the immediate expulsion of more than one million Syrian re...

Argentina

How Immigrants Built Argentina, And Why They're Needed Again

The surge in worldwide refugee numbers may be alarming, but for Argentina it should be seen as an...

United States

How Immigration Could Make Or Break The Trump Presidency

WASHINGTON — President Trump is hurtling toward a crossroads on immigration — his signature campaign issue and a key source of his law-and-order reputation — where each path before him comes with ...

Lebanon

In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Run Out Of Space To Bury Their Dead

In Lebanon, the country with the highest number of refugees per capita in the world, a cemetery f...

Tunisia

Migrants' Many Shades Of Death Along The Tunisian Coast

In the south of Tunisia, near the Libyan border, an ancient dump serves as a cemetery for immigra...

Italy

How Migrants' Cellphones Help Unmask Smuggler Tactics

CATANIA — On the horizon, the Libyan coast is still visible — perhaps it's the area around Zuwarah along the border with Tunisia — suggesting that the small wooden boat carrying migrants across ...

Ethiopia

In A Small Ethiopian Town, That Fateful Choice To Flee To Europe

While the EU seeks an agreement with Libya to halt the influx of migrants across the Mediterranea...

Mexico

Why Haitian Migrants Are Flocking To Tijuana

With dire economics and the Trump immigration crackdown, the situation is fluid in the troubled M...

Italy

From Rafts To Riches, Refugees In Italy Dream Of Soccer Stardom

ORISTANO — Club scouts and retired players from across Italy have come to this town on the Italian island of Sardinia to find new soccer talent among recently arrived African migrants. They offer ...

Mexico

Across Mexican Border, Deportees Feel Trump’s Heat

TIJUANA — Martin Pina stands in the courtyard of the "Casa del Migrante," which was founded 29 years ago by Catholic Scalabrinian missionaries to help migrants in this teeming Mexican border ...

Chile

The Tragedy Of Trump, Tears Of A Latino Lover Of America

Trump's victory reminds this Chilean writer of some of the worst moments of the past half...

France

Calais To Paris, The Grim Mobility Of Migrant "Jungles"

Near the French capital's Gare du Nord train station, migrants have expanded yet another ...

Sweden

In Sweden, Anti-Immigration Politician Profits From Refugee Centers

SKARA — As Bert Karlsson enters the refugee center's cafeteria, dark-haired boy greets him with a “Hey!” The four-story building called Stora Ekeberg is just one of many ...

Germany

A Former Guantanamo Prisoner Helps Refugees In Germany

BREMEN — Murat Kurnaz, a German native of Turkish origin, likes to joke around. And considering his story, the humor can sometimes ...

Egypt

How Egypt Became The New Hub For Human Trafficking

In towns and cities around the Nile delta, fishermen are selling their boats to a local mafia out...