Monday, June 15, 2015

Four Al Jazeera links on migration

I've been sitting on four news articles from Al Jazeera for some time. More original content will be coming tonight, but I wanted to get these out first.

In "Cuban migration surges after thaw in US-Cuba relations", Al Jazeera reports that attempts at migration from Cuba to the United States have surged despite the improvement in relations. This makes sense, with all the new incentives to migrate, between the prospect of easier movement between the island and the major destination of its emigrants and the risk that Cubans might lose their special status.

Elizabeth Braw reported, meanwhile, on the surge in unaccompanied child migrants and refugees in Sweden from conflict areas. Attracted by Swedish generosity and apparently not facing serous opposition, their numbers are on the rise.

Alice Su observes, meanwhile, that the continuing legacies of the devastating Hamas war with Israel on top of deep poverty are starting to make mass emigration a thinkable possibility for the people of the Gaza Strip. With no opportunities at home and a rapidly growing workforce, what else is there to do?

Desperation is also the theme of Hamza Mohamed's report from Somaliland. Even though that unrecognized state is far more stable than the rest of Somalia, again, young Somalilanders see no option but to flee.

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