The amount of money sent home by migrants and refugees from developing countries exceeds foreign aid – making migration a powerful anti-poverty, too. Despite this overwhelming evidence, countries are shutting their doors to foreigners. The effort by Western governments to limit the entry of migrants and refugees is fueled by nationalism and rising inequality … and a fair amount of misinformation.
Latin American countries must employ proven violence prevention policies if the region is going to adequately address crime and violence, according to a new World Bank report presented this week.
Suspected Islamic State fighters killed at least six Afghan employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross who were carrying supplies to areas hit by deadly snow storms, according to government officials
Afghanistan recorded its first case of wild poliovirus this week for 2017 – an 11-month-old girl in Kandahar district. Still, the World Health Organization (WHO) says eradication is on the horizon, and Afghanistan is poised to lead the way.
Refugee camps hosting more than 380,000 Burundians are running out of space. More land is needed to prepare for the total number of refugees to swell to 500,000 by the end of this year, U.N. Refugee Agency (UNCHR) officials said.
Funding for refugee rights began to stagnate in the years leading up to the current migrant crisis, according to a report released today. “For the last few years of available data, we’ve seen that funding focused on the rights of migrants and refugees has remained flat,” Sarah Tansey, program manager at the International Human Rights Funders Group, told Humanosphere. “So with the benefit of hindsight, we can see now that this data comes at a time the crisis was really growing, but the funding didn’t seem to grow proportionally to the crisis.”
Somalia’s groundbreaking presidential election moved into a second round Wednesday as the number of candidates dropped from 21 to three, while a security lockdown closed the capital’s international airport and cleared major streets.
The United Nations human rights office and Human Rights Watch both released reports over the weekend detailing accounts of horrific abuses said to have been committed by security forces against Muslim Rohingya women, children and men in Myanmar.
The cycle of corruption and inequality is churning out a new problem: populism. Transparency International warned that nationalist leaders who succeed in anti-establishment campaigns do little to fight corruption once in office, despite their rhetoric, and, in fact, make it worse.
The Swedish physician and statistics expert Hans Rosling died today, age 68, from pancreatic cancer. Humanosphere has met with and reported…
The worst wildfires in Chile’s modern history are dying down, but have left thousands of people displaced from their homes in some of the poorest regions of the country. For the moment, no new blazes have been reported ”and the rest are mostly controlled,” President Michelle Bachelet said in her daily briefing on the wildfires on Saturday. “… That doesn’t mean, however, that we are letting down our guard.”
Hundreds of Nigerians marched Monday to protest poverty and corruption as President Muhammadu Buhari’s prolonged absence abroad for medical tests raises political and economic tensions. “Nigerians are frustrated and tired with this absentee government,” activist Omoyele Sowore said as he marched in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city.
President Donald Trump stated that he would ‘totally destroy’ the Johnson Amendment. It may seem like the law is narrowly focused on restricting what religious groups can say or do if they want to remain tax-exempt. However, the Johnson Amendment broadly covers all nonprofits. Repealing it would allow not only religious leaders to speak freely about politics, but free up nonprofit groups currently bound by nonpartisanship.