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

August 15, 2018

Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers in Israel

Caron Creighton

Asylum seekers to Israel are faced with a number of struggles. For example, there are many anti-immigrant polices that force them into undesirable situations in order to remain in the country.

August 10, 2018

Myanmar's Rohingya: Anatomy of a Genocide

Jason Motlagh, Mark Oltmann, Patrick Brown

In 2017, Myanmar’s military targeted Rohingya Muslims in a pogrom of mass murder and rape. We investigate the deadliest massacre of a state-orchestrated genocide, years in the making.

August 03, 2018

A Safe Place to Learn and Grow

Jaime Joyce

Who are the Rohingya? Why have they fled Myanmar? "A Safe Place to Learn and Grow" takes young readers to Bangladesh to learn what is being done to help refugee children heal and access education.

July 19, 2018

Jamaica: Voices of the Windrush Generation

Monica Long

Imagine Jamaican emigrants having their dreams of working in the United Kingdom with full citizenship fulfilled, and then suddenly being evicted from their homes purchased with their blood, sweat, and tears.

A Day with Purna Neupane

Ani Gururaj met with Bhutanese refugee Purna Neupane in Shrewsbury, MA, to discuss his experience as a refugee and as the founder of a non-profit that supports refugees in the greater Massachusetts area.

Meet the Journalists: Phil Caller and Tania Rashid

Phil Caller and Tania Rashid discuss their three-part series for PBS NewsHour on the Rohingya refugee crisis—reporting on the mass exodus, rape, child marriage, and human trafficking—and finding a strong will to live and tenacity among the people.

Meet the Journalist: Daniel Brook

Daniel Brook reports on the building of instant, modern cities in the developing world and examines the effects of major infrastructure projects on citizens living in Mexico, China, and India.