Kathryn Meyers Emery: Restoring Lost Narratives: Early Medieval Muslim Graves in France

When people ask me why archaeology is important, or why I’ve chosen to study human remains and funerary practices, I often cite the importance of bringing individual stories back into history. As a kid, I was always intrigued by history and loved to learn more about the past. However, I often lacked historical individuals that I could look up to, and was disappointed that the best historical stories were based around… Read more

Understanding Migration

THE SUMMER OF 2015 will be etched in the memory for most as a time when the eyes of the media first turned to the ‘migrant crisis’. We witnessed the tragedy of the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their homes in the search for safety by whichever means they could – often leading to disastrous outcomes as they endeavoured to cross the treacherous Mediterranean from unstable North African states. The issue is… Read more

Philip Wainwright: The US risks falling behind on internationalisation

The drive towards internationalisation at US universities has a deeply personal history for me. I first came to the US in the 1960s as the dependent child of one the few international faculty members in Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. I returned to Emory in 1996 as a founding staff member of the Center for International Programs Abroad (CIPA). Globalisation is not just an academic trend for me. It’s… Read more

Michael Kent: Remittance reality: Getting to 3% and beyond

The personal transfers sent home by migrant workers (technically knows as remittances), undoubtedly help fuel the global economy. They alleviate poverty, feed, help educate and support millions of families all over the world. Increasingly they also provide a pathway to financial inclusion for some of the over 2 billion unbanked adults worldwide – for many, receiving a remittance is the first regular, recorded… Read more

Aaron Renn: We Need a New Narrative of Minority Migration

There are two reigning views of internal migration in America. For the educated middle class, it’s seen as a good thing. Moving out means moving up. Indeed, most of us see our own moves as representing an opportunity to get ahead in life. It’s the same for immigrants from other countries, who move here searching for a better life. But when it comes to lower-income Americans, particularly blacks and Hispanics, migration… Read more

A crisis of Europe

An exceptional response is required to cope with the crisis of 22 million displaced people in Europe. By Franck Düvell The neighbourhood of the European Union is ‘on fire’ (EU commissioner Avramopoulos). As a consequence, there are about 22 million displaced people in the region; seven million international refugees and 14 million internally displaced people. They are deprived of their homes, … Read more

“Traditional Women” and Modern Migration

Anju Mary Paul, “Negotiating Migration, Performing Gender,” Social Forces, 2015 Women around the world leave their homes in economically disadvantaged, politically unstable countries in search of better income every day. One might assume that the act of venturing out—independent of husbands, fathers, and brothers—represents a break with traditional gender norms and unequal power dynamics between… Read more

Shifting demographics

How has the white British majority responded to immigration in local areas? By Prof. Eric Kaufmann THE RESULTS OF the 2011 census revealed striking ethnic changes which made headlines on their release in December 2012. The share of non-European minorities in Britain rose from nine to 14 per cent in the 2000s even as the European immigrant population soared. In London, the White British share of the population… Read more