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  • War Torn: Confronting the Problems of the Nationless

    by Nick Turse

    Those displaced by war, persecution, and economic desperation constitute more than a billion people. The "nationless" are the third-largest nation on Earth, and their ranks will only grow.



  • The US Has Long Exploited the Legally Ambiguous Status of Guantanamo Bay

    by Jana Lipman

    The use of the naval base at Guantanamo bay for the detention of both suspected terrorists and refugees and migrants reflects the place's status as outside both Cuban and U.S. law. Since the end of the Spanish-American war, Cuban workers have understood the threat of abuse this status enables. 



  • Guantanamo's Other History

    by Jeffrey S. Kahn

    Reports of a bid for migrant detention contractors based at Guantanamo including speakers of Haitian Creole fed suspicion of a new connection of the military and immigration enforcement. Where Haitian refugees are concerned, the Guantanamo connection is nothing new. 



  • What America Owes Haitian Asylum Seekers

    by Michael Posner

    "The plight of the Haitians has been further complicated by decades of misrule, corruption and brutality by a series of Haitian governments that received steady U.S. financial and political support despite egregious records on human rights."



  • Vietnam's Postwar Refugee Crisis

    “The United States doesn’t take enough into account how refugee migration and displacement are a part of all of our foreign policy interventions,” says historian Phuong T. Nguyen. “We need to be prepared to handle the humanitarian crisis that inevitably follows.” 



  • Nativism Has Thwarted American Refugee Resettlement Before

    by E. Kyle Romero

    Political hostility toward the Bolshevik revolution and anti-Asian racism were among the factors that prevented the resettlement of World War I refugees in the United States, leaving their care to Eurpoean nations wracked by war. 



  • Teshuvah: A Jewish Case for Palestinian Refugee Return

    by Peter Beinart

    Peter Beinart argues that the history of the Jewish people and the events of 1948 compel Israeli political leaders and American and world Jewish organizations to recognize a right of return for displaced Palestinians as part of a resolution to the current crisis in East Jerusalem. 



  • Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges

    The work of European Jewish academics at Historically Black Colleges in the United States is an underrecognized part of both Black and Jewish American history; many prominent African Americans were students of refugee professors.