January 30: The Undocumented Struggle

This week, of course President Trump’s immigration ban has thrown the worlds of many into chaos, and mobilised fierce resistance from the public. At the outset of mass protests, we speak with Stevens Orozco, activist with Truth2Power in Houston, then we’ll hear from the ACLU who almost immediately managed to block the ban in New York.

After that, winter continues in Europe and many refugees are being left without the essentials they need to survive the bitter cold. This fortnight we’re looking at Serbia, freelance journalist Lazara Marinkovic reports from Belgrade on the thousands of people sleeping rough in the abandoned buildings and streets of the capital.

After that, Mike puts on his horn-rimmed PoliSci glasses and peers at the latest attempt to block immigration from Africa. Emboldened by the success of the Turkey deal (depending on your definition of success) the EU led by plucky nation state Malta was keen to forge just such a deal with Libya. Turns out it didn’t work, and we’ll look at why (Spoiler Alert: It’s hard to make deals with non-existent governments).

After all that, Daniel Sullivan has just returned from Myanmar. He’s Senior Advocate for Human Rights at Refugees International, and he was there spending time with the Rohingya, a long persecuted ethnic minority whose plight is one of the “other” crises we sometimes talk about.

Thank you to Stevens Orozco, Lazara Marinkovic and Daniel Sullivan.

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The Migrant Crisis Podcast

The Migrant Crisis Podcast seeks to cover the ongoing situation involving migration in Europe and beyond. We give a global outlook on events, provide expert analysis of policy decisions (and explain why they matter) and attempt to wade through the media narratives around migration to get the root of the issues. We are unashamedly pro-migrant and pro-refugee, and we always seek to let migrants share their experiences in their own words. We are based in Berlin and London, but our network of contacts is spread wide over the world, from Sydney to Syria and Sao Paulo.

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