At least 19 Syrian child refugees have died in Turkish factories since 2013. Image by Emily Kassie. Turkey, 2016.
At least 19 Syrian child refugees have died in Turkish factories since 2013. Image by Emily Kassie. Turkey, 2016. Add this image to a lesson

The 21st Century Gold Rush: How the Refugee Crisis Is Changing the World Economy
Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie

A vast tide of humanity is on the move. Never before in history have so many people felt compelled to escape war, persecution and economic desperation. The refugee crisis grows by the day, engulfing continents, fueling the rise of nativism and empowering demagogues. And as grantees Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie report, it has also made a lot of people very rich. In their masterful multi-media feature for Huffington Post’s “Highline,” Malia and Emily tell the stories “of the CEOs, criminal masterminds, pencil-pushers and low-flying vultures who have figured out how to profit from global instability, also known as human suffering.”

A Mother's Search
Aaron Nelsen and Julysa Sosa

Tens of thousands of Central American migrants journey through Mexico trying to reach the United States. Along the way, an untold number simply disappear. Grantees Aaron Nelsen and Julysa Sosa tell the heartbreaking story of the mothers who come looking for their children.

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Image by Emily Kassie. Turkey, 2016.
From smugglers in Agadez, to factory owners in Turkey, to the Italian and Nigerian mafias in Italy, and small business owners in Greece, people making a killing off the global migrant crisis.

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A young Syrian refugee packs tea boxes under a table in a Turkish factory near his refugee camp on the Turkey-Syria border.
January 10, 2017 / WNYC Radio
Malia Politzer, Emily Kassie
Journalists Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie discuss their project in the HuffingtonPost Highline, “The 21st Century Gold Rush: How the refugee crisis is changing the world economy."
December 24, 2016 / The John Batchelor Show
Malia Politzer, Emily Kassie
Refugees who aren’t granted asylum in Italy usually end up staying anyway despite widespread joblessness. Benefitting from the instability is the Sicilian Mafia, otherwise known as Cosa Nostra.