The word “migration,” evoking the vast movement of animals in mysterious accord with nature and the seasons, is too gentle a term for the surges of human mobility across the planet. But that is the term often used to characterize any number of humanitarian crises, in South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and in the United States. In these days of nationalist fears and tightening borders, it’s not unusual for migrants to become trapped in limbo, unable to move forward, fearful to turn back—or sold like chattel.
The Pulitzer Center supports journalism that explores the various factors—including climate, religion, and conflict—that drive global migration. Our grantees look at the sacrifices immigrants make in leaving behind a lifetime, the risks they take, and the obstacles they encounter.