The DNA Journey

4 June, 2016

A short video on our origins and our DNA journeys.

A must watch.

To watch the whole playlist on Youtube on Momondo’s DNA Journey project, click here.

  Rescue boat carrying over 70 people that washed ashore to the Greek coast. BBC News, excerpt from the whole story.

Buried without a name – The untold story of Europe’s drowned migrants

Story by Vladimir Hernandez and Nassos Stylianou, BBC News
10 May, 2016

A moving piece on all those men, women and children who lost their lives trying to make it to Europe, and to a better life:

“More than 1,250 unnamed men, women and children have been buried in unmarked graves in 70 sites in Turkey, Greece and Italy since 2014, a BBC investigation has found. The majority died trying to cross the Mediterranean to seek a new life in Europe.

Over the past two years an estimated 8,000 people have lost their lives trying to cross into the EU, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Most are lost at sea, but many bodies have been washed ashore, bringing tragedy to the beaches of Greece, Italy and Turkey.

But who cares for these dead? Where are they buried? And how can desperate relatives many miles away discover if their missing loved ones are among the drowned?”

To read the whole story on BBC News, click here.


Why Border Enforcement Backfired

Academic Article by Douglas S. Massey, Jorge Durand and Karen A. Pren
23 April, 2016

In this article the authors undertake a systematic analysis of why border enforcement backfired as a strategy of immigration control in the United States. They argue theoretically that border enforcement emerged as a policy response to a moral panic about the perceived threat of Latino immigration to the United States propounded by self-interested bureaucrats, politicians, and pundits who sought to mobilize political and material resources for their own benefit. The end result was a self-perpetuating cycle of rising enforcement and increased apprehensions that resulted in the militarization of the border in a way that was disconnected from the actual size of the undocumented flow. Using an instrumental variable approach, the authors show how border militarization affected the behavior of unauthorized migrants and border outcomes to transform undocumented Mexican migration from a circular flow of male workers going to three states into an 11 million person population of settled families living in 50 states.

To access the full article, click on the following link: Why Border Enforcement Backfired


Short documentary by Charles Kleiber (in French)
22 April, 2016

Nous vous recommandons le visionnement de cet excellent court-métrage réalisé par Charles Kleiber, disponible sur Vimeo. Vous pouvez également visionner la bande-annonce ci-dessous:

Dramatic news images – the 2015 World Press Photo winners

BBC News
18 February, 2016

Please see the several photos of migrants which were honoured at the 2015 World Press Photo Awards, including the 1st Prize won by an Australian photographer for a picture taken at the border between Serbia and Hungary.

A very impressive portrait of the persistence of economic and political oppression and of the resilience and courage of migrants: despair and hope combined as the hallmark of our common humanity.

– François Crépeau

A grainy black and white image of a migrant passing a baby under a barbed wire fence from Serbia into Hungary has taken first prize in the 2015 World Press Photo awards.

Taken at night on 28 August last year by Australian photographer Warren Richardson, this man and child were part of the movement of people seeking to cross into Hungary before a secure fence along the border was completed.

Warren Richardson, Australia, 2015, Hope for a New Life
Image copyright Warren Richardson

“Early on we looked at this photo and we knew it was an important one,” says Francis Kohn, chair of the jury.

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