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Migrants, Displaced People and Refugees

War, economic crisis and climate change can trigger mass migrations of people. Pulitzer Center grantee stories tagged with “Migrants, Displaced People and Refugees” feature reporting that covers refugees, migrants and internally displaced people. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on migrants, displaced people and refugees.

 

How the Cuban Migration Story Is Changing

A Cuban family treks through a jungle for seven days on foot. Another Cuban man gets stuck in Central America seeking freedom. Listen to their stories on 1A.

The Untold Quiet of Kurdistan

What the Vietnamese photographer Lam Duc-Hein first imagined of Iraq were tanks and violence, surges and refugees. But in Iraqi Kurdistan he found something different and beautiful.

Migrant Life in Qatar

In Qatar and other Gulf countries, mostly low skilled migrant women pay the price for the crime of zina, which criminalizes unmarried sex and pregnancy out of wedlock.

The Waterkeeper of Iraq

Water scarcity is becoming an increasingly pressing issue in the country's north, but one man is hoping to change that.

The End of the Journey

In the new era of Cuban migration, Ivo Torres' future depends on being able to answer a key question: in the XXI century, are Cubans political or economic migrants?

Returning to Sosua

Emily Codik was surprised by the island's transformation from a safe haven for Holocaust refugees to a sex-tourism hotspot.

October 06, 2015

Between Borders: American Migrant Crisis

Renaud Brothers

In 2014, 90,000 unaccompanied minors made the treacherous journey from Central America to the United States. No longer are people simply fleeing poverty, now they are fleeing for their lives.

October 05, 2015

Nepali Mass Migration: What's Left Behind

Pankaj Khadka

As thousands of able-bodied men leave Nepali villages for cities and go abroad for employment and to escape poverty, many villages no longer have any adult men—only kids, women, and elderly remain.

September 29, 2015

Stranded: Nepalese Companies Abandon Workers in Qatar

Yam Kumari Kandel, Shilu Manandhar

Eager to earn money to send home to their families, Nepalese workers sign on with Nepalese agencies that traffic them into forced labor and abandon them when they need help.

August 19, 2015

Life and Loss in Syria

James Harkin

James Harkin reports from Syria, in an exploration of human and cultural loss.

June 12, 2015

They Are Here Because You Were There

Daniella Zalcman

For at-risk LGBT asylum seekers from former British protectorates, the UK is an ideal and obvious destination. But what happens when the British government won't allow them to stay?

June 04, 2015

From Paradise to Peril: The Amazon's Isolated Tribes

Heather Pringle, Andrew Lawler

Some of the world’s last isolated tribes are poised to make contact with the outside world as illegal loggers, miners, cocaine traffickers and others penetrate their territory.

May 29, 2015

The Yazidis: After the Trauma

Emily Feldman

ISIS fighters executed and enslaved thousands of ethnic Yazidis in northern Iraq in the summer of 2014 in what the UN calls a likely genocide. A year later, a look at the community trying to heal.

March 12, 2015

Child Survivors of War Learn Nonviolence, Pluralism, Hope

Lauren Gelfond Feldinger

Syrian and other international volunteers travel at their own expense to Syrian refugee neighborhoods to teach war-traumatized children that they are not "the lost generation" but future peace-makers.

February 25, 2015

Polio's Last Stand

Tim McGirk, Jason Motlagh

After dozens of vaccination workers were killed in Afghanistan, polio once again began to spread into the borderlands. The same strain is now re-surfacing in Syria.

January 25, 2015

Beijing's 'Rat Tribe'

Sim Chi Yin

Living beneath Beijing's skyscrapers and residential blocks are an estimated 1 million migrant workers. Dubbed the "Rat Tribe", these low-wage workers make a home in windowless basement cubicles.

January 13, 2015

Canaan: Haiti's Promised Land

Allison Shelley, Jacob Kushner, Mark Fahey

In post-earthquake Haiti, a new city is rising in what was once an empty landscape. Biblically named Canaan, it will soon be Haiti’s third-largest urban center.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Working Abroad

Students will read articles and watch videos as preparation to an empathy-building exercise that will help them understand why people choose to leave their families to seek out employment overseas.

Libya After Liberation

Students will debate what policy Italy should implement when dealing with the migrants from Libya after their role in overthrowing Gaddafi.

Making a Movement

Students will (1) discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using social media and other forms of communication to bolster a movement and (2) create and present a text that promotes an issue.