Issue

Population & Migration

Population and migration issues are fraught with moral positions, confusion, and unexpected connections.

We cannot talk about population growth without also discussing decline; or contraception, without faith and medical technology. It is the mother of cross-cutting issues—at the intersection of economics, environment, gender roles, culture, politics, and religion. The population question is about the possibility and necessity of balancing the needs of nature and human civilization—and whether we can hope to or should have any say over the process.

The issue is global. Overpopulation of one region will seek release in an under-populated region. Stronger economies will be a magnet for those from weaker economies. Local carbon emissions will increase temperatures and change global weather patterns, disrupting food supplies and sowing insecurity. Diseases that begin in crowded slums can travel the world. Aging populations could lead to long-term economic depression, decreasing our ability to address the great problems we face such as environmental degradation.

Changing demographics in countries where men far outnumber the women often leads to human trafficking. Basic human rights are abused in countries where entire communities live without citizenship rights—unable to vote, own property, travel, work legally, or attend school.
Pulitzer Center grantees look at the effects of migration on climate and business, the efforts of immigrants to preserve their cultural identity, and the sacrifices they make in leaving family behind. Our journalists ask tough questions: How do refugees mobilize to take care of themselves when aid agencies fail?

Population & Migration exposes the risks and dangers refugees and migrants face as they leave one nation to seek a better home and a fresh start—only to find more obstacles and new threats. Resettlement presents its own set of challenges; hopes and promises prove illusory.

Population & Migration

Intersex, and Proud

2019 Pulitzer Center student fellow film She's Not a Boy focuses on an intersex woman who moved from Zimbabwe to the United States.

Exiled Soldiers

A new report shows that hundreds of veterans were placed in deportation proceedings. We explore an unintended consequence of a 1996 immigration law that made it possible to deport veterans.

She's Not a Boy

“She’s Not a Boy” is the story of Tatenda Ngwaru, an asylum-seeking intersex woman who fled Zimbabwe with sixty dollars and the hope that she would finally find a place where she belonged.

Afro-Mexican Identity

Veracruz is home to hundreds of thousands of Afro-Mexicans. In 2015, they were officially recognized in the National Census. What's happened since?

A Lost Generation

How a cycle of debt and increased enforcement is leaving a void in some rural Guatemalan schools and villages.

William & Mary Sharp 2018-2019 Reporting Projects

The Pulitzer Center and the College of William & Mary partner again to provide students with deeper global learning and reporting experiences.

A Lost Nation in the Caucasus

In the Caucasus mountains, members of the most scattered people in the world—the Circassians—are starting to come home following a decade of concerted online activism.