Pulitzer Center Update

This Week – 2016: A Year of Refugees; A Year in Photos

December 27, 2016|

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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.

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.

Our Pictures of the Year
Trying to pick the best from the remarkable body of work produced by our grantees is no easy task. Here are our choices for the best photos of 2016. See if you agree—we’d love to have your feedback.