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Somali men walk in front of a branch of Dahabshiil, Somalia's largest remittance company, in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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.


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Funding for refugee rights stagnated before migrant crisis, analysis shows

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.”

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Thousands of Chile’s poorest displaced in wildfires

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.”

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Trump’s proposal to loosen speech for churches will harm nonprofits, say leaders

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.

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