Night passage – migrants from many parts of Central America jump on a freight train leaving Irapuato in central Mexico, after waiting for more than 10 hours, en route to the Mexico-US border.

To ride The Beast

Images from the migrant route through Mexico, where desperate people risk a journey fraught with danger to try to make it to the US. Text and photos: Pablo Allison.

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NI 524 - How we make poverty - March, 2020
Bad tech

Bad tech

Data-snatching, AI and eye-spy: some of the new technologies undermining migrants’ rights.

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NI 523 - Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone - January, 2020
Jose Caceres, a migrant who was deported back to Honduras, holds up a picture of his sons. He was separated from his 11-year-old Brayan (right) five months ago as they tried to enter the US. Brayan is now living in a shelter in Maryland.Photo: Jim Wyss/Miami Herald/PA images

Deported by Silicon Valley

Governments are increasingly using surveillance and big data to track immigrants. Gaby del Valle reports from the US, where activists are trying to hold data-mining firm Palantir to account.

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Throughout history, migrants have often been treated as a source of disease and 'contagion'. (Left) Immigrant children are examined on arrival at Ellis Island, New York, 1911.Photo: Bettmann/Getty

How fear infected the border

Ruben Andersson traces the roots of a Freudian fixation.

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Illustration: Denise Nestor (figures) and Amel al-Zakout (background scene)

Who do you save?

Syrian artist Amel al-Zakout nearly drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after her boat capsized en route to Greece. Volunteer lifeguard Gerard Canals was part of the rescue operation. Hazel Healy put the two in touch with each other to speak for the first time since the shipwreck.

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Previous page:  Students perform Irish dancing at the Queens Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, New York. For people from ethnic minority backgrounds living in Ireland, the friendly image of the ‘invisible border’ does not apply – racial profiling by police and immigration officials takes place at crossing points and in-country.Photo: Richard Levine/Alamy

Ireland’s invisible frontier

The threat of Brexit has caused great anxiety about the return of a ‘hard border’ in Ireland. Yet it’s minority communities who have the most to fear, writes Luke Butterly.

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NI 523 - Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone - January, 2020
Illustration: Nick Taylor

Open borders, 2050

Alex Sager imagines a time when all people are free to move.

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Free entry

Free entry

Planet earth is not the same size for everybody. This infographic shows where you can travel to without a visa, depending on your nationality.

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NI 523 - Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone - January, 2020
Speak out

Speak out

A network of solidarity exists among and alongside those who move, and stay, without permission. Hazel Healy profiles three initiatives. ‘Is it fair that Europe walks as it wants in Africa but not the opposite?’ ‘Once you help, you cannot close your eyes’ ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.

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Europe-bound. Migrant travellers from Togo en route to Italy after being rescued by Spanish rescue NGO Open Arms, February 2017.Photo: David Ramos/Getty

The right to move

People have always moved and cultures have always mingled. So why the myopic obsession with borders, asks Hazel Healy.

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NI 523 - Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone - January, 2020
View from Africa

View from Africa

Check your passport privilege, writes Nanjala Nyabola.

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Photo: Alex Mateo / Alamy

Hall of Infamy: Matteo Salvini

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s ‘refugee drowner-in-chief’, is put under the spotlight.

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NI 517 - Trade in Turmoil - January, 2019

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

In 1987, the British government contracted a passenger ferry to act as a floating immigration detention centre for Tamil refugees. Later that year a storm set the ship loose from its moorings. Felix Bazalgette reports on the the little-known story of exodus and empire that paved the way for the Windrush scandal.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
What if... people could migrate freely?

What if... people could migrate freely?

Vanessa Baird looks ahead at how things could be.

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NI 515 - Making peace in a world at war - September, 2018
Amadou & Mariam

And finally...

Mali’s blind musical duo speak to Graeme Green about the ‘refugee crisis’ and why extremist efforts to stop the music will ultimately fail.

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NI 514 - The next financial crisis - July, 2018
Life after Nauru

Life after Nauru

When Rashid first arrived in Cambodia, he warned other Nauru detainees not to come.

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NI 512 - Public ownership rises again - May, 2018
Catch! Will delivery drones really get aid to those who need it most?Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters

The rise of the cyber-humanitarians

Aid-by-drone, what’s not to like? Plenty, as Nick Dowson explains.

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NI 511 - Humanitarianism under attack - April, 2018
Detention deaths

Detention deaths

A record number of people lost their lives in UK immigration detention centres in 2017, writes Felix Bazalgette.

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NI 510 - Black Lives Matter - March, 2018

Kids at work

What is life really like for millennials? What kind of jobs do they do? What do they make of their precarious futures? We look at the lives of three young people across the world: a Gambian migrant in Italy, a Dalit student in India, and a trans vlogger in the UK.

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NI 509 - What's left for the young? - January, 2018

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How we make poverty March, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
Borders - Freedom to move, for everyone January, 2020
The right to the city July, 2019
How to avoid climate breakdown May, 2019
Trade in Turmoil January, 2019
The dirt on waste November, 2018
Making peace in a world at war September, 2018
The next financial crisis July, 2018
Public ownership rises again May, 2018
Humanitarianism under attack April, 2018
Black Lives Matter March, 2018
What's left for the young? January, 2018
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