Migration News Digest

Week of December 19, 2011
N.B. This will be the last digest this year. See you in 2012!

Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis
From the Guardian, a look at how Greeks, Irish and Portuguese leave their homelands to escape the Eurozone’s recent woes.

The Guardian has spoken to dozens of Europeans who have left, or are planning to leave. Their stories highlight surprising new migration routes – from Lisbon to Luanda, Dublin to Perth, Barcelona to Buenos Aires – as well as more traditional migration patterns.

The Early History of Sudan’s Third Civil War
Eric Reeves, in Dissent Magazine, on the implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

In the border regions of Sudan, we are witnessing a ghastly reprise of the conduct that has defined Khartoum’s brutal military control of its restless peripheries for decades—and a reprise of the shameless, mostly unchallenged mendacity with which this regime speaks to the international community.

Postcolonialism and Science Fiction: An Introduction
Jessica Langer, in io9, publishes an excerpt from the introduction of her new book “Postcolonialism and Science Fiction”.

Other times, perhaps more often, there are institutional barriers to the publication of science fiction by postcolonial writers and/or writers of colour. Sherryl Vint (2004) has questioned the relative lack of Black writers in science fiction, blaming this lack partially on a perceived lack of readership.

Thousands of Ethiopian Migrants Stranded in Northern Yemen
Lisa Schlein, in Voice of America, reports on the IOM’s concern for Ethiopian Migrants in Yemen. You can read the corresponding IOM press release here.

Every year, tens of thousands of desperate Ethiopians make the perilous journey across the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. They head toward Saudi Arabia in hopes of finding jobs in the Middle East.

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