WBEZ | migrants http://www.wbez.org/tags/migrants Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP56838941181.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Syrian and Iraqi refugees are pouring into Europe to escape ongoing conflicts in their countries. We&#39;ll discuss how Europe has been handling the influx with Elizabeth Collett, director of Migration Policy Institute Europe.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-refugees-from-syria-iraq-flood-europe" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Refugees from Syria, Iraq flood Europe" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-24/refugees-syria-iraq-flood-europe-110841 Worldview for 5.29.12 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/worldview-52912-99604 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alexandre="" alt="" ap="" class="image-original_image" for="" it="" left.="" real="" s="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120528113844.jpg" the="" time="" title="A demonstrator protests the possible return of the old ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party in Mexico City on Monday. The sign reads ‘It's time for the real left.’ (AP/Alexandre Meneghini)" /></div><p>Tuesday on <em>Worldview</em>:</p><p>Mexico&rsquo;s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is likely to make a comeback when the country holds elections in July. The PRI had dominated the country&rsquo;s politics for more than 70 years but was swept out of government in 2000. In a recent <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ackerman-mexico-pri-democracy-20120522,0,5963574.story" target="_blank">op-ed</a> in the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, <a href="http://www.johnackerman.blogspot.com" target="_blank">John Ackerman</a> wrote that their re-election would have &ldquo;disastrous consequences for North America.&rdquo; <em>Worldview</em> talks with Ackerman, a law professor at the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.</p><p>Then, Father Alejandro Solalinde is an outspoken Mexican priest who runs the<em> Hermanos en el Camino</em> shelter for migrants in southern Mexico. He fled the country after receiving death threats. Solalinde tells <em>Worldview </em>why he was forced to leave &ndash; and why he plans to return this summer.</p></p> Tue, 29 May 2012 09:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/worldview-52912-99604 Death threats force Mexican priest, migrant advocate to Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/death-threats-force-mexican-priest-migrant-advocate-chicago-99592 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img 2011.="" alt="" american="" ap="" aug.="" authorities="" by="" caravan="" central="" city="" class="image-original_image" dead="" guarantee="" human="" hundreds="" in="" marco="" mexican="" mexico="" migrants="" missing="" of="" or="" photo="" pressure="" relatives="" rights="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Solalinde.jpg" step="" style="width: 300px; float: left; height: 428px" the="" title="Rev. Alejandro Solalinde, right, and Mexican Senator Rosario Ibarra, left, participate in a rally in Mexico City in August of 2011. Hundreds of Central American relatives of dead or missing migrants traveled to Mexico City to pressure Mexican authorities to guarantee the human rights of migrants traveling to the U.S. (AP/Marco Ugarte)" to="" towards="" traveled="" traveling="" u.s.="" /></div><p><em>Nota del Editor: Se incluye la versión en español de la entrevista del padre Solalinde.</em></p><p><em>Editor&rsquo;s Note: Included is Spanish version of&nbsp; </em><em>Father Solalinde&#39;s </em><em>interview.</em></p><p>I&rsquo;ve spent time lately studying the final year of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.&rsquo;s life. I find it sobering and inspiring to learn how King, like Mahatma Gandhi before him, reached a place of great inner-peace when confronted with death. Leading up to his murder on April 4th, 1968, King spoke to those close to him in a very macabre manner. He spoke with irony, humor, as well as intense seriousness about his coming demise.</p><p>I witnessed the same inner-light in Father Alejandro Solalinde when <em>Worldview</em> host Jerome McDonnell and I spoke to him after a recent interview (he spoke with us while he was in Chicago to speak before the <a href="http://latinocongreso.org/">National Latino Congress</a>. We marveled at him. Over my many years with <em>Worldview</em>, I&rsquo;ve encountered people who emit a certain light; I cannot call it anything else. In Father Alejandro&rsquo;s case, Jerome called it &ldquo;clarity.&rdquo; We both sense that his time on this earth could be short.</p><p>Solalinde is a Catholic priest and social activist who works on behalf of Central and South American migrant workers. He fled Mexico to escape death threats he received from forces sympathetic to corrupt government officials and drug cartels who exploit migrants for drug trafficking and prostitution.</p><p>The outspoken Solalinde runs the Hermanos en el Camino (Brothers on the Road) migrant shelter in Oaxaca. He is part of a vast solidarity network that includes elements of Catholic Church hierarchy and laity, and a network of women known as &quot;The Bosses,&quot; who give migrants food and drink in small towns along the Mexican migrant trail.</p><p>Don&#39;t let his humble looks fool you; he is a charismatic man who does not mince words or suffer fools. Many describe Solalinde as a voice crying for justice in the wilderness. In Father Solalinde&rsquo;s view, his religious affiliations explain his passion for social justice: He cannot envision being an officer of the Catholic Church without advocating for migrant rights or social justice in general.</p><p>As was the case with Dr. King, we know there can be a cost when people stand against injustice and challenge the power structure with integrity and clarity: for their opponents, sometimes the cost of allowing them to live becomes too high. Father Solalinde names former Oaxacan Gov. Ulises Ruiz Ortiz as his main threat, but believes he lives in a cone of relative safety, at least for now:</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in"><em>I am alive not because the people who have been protecting me have been powerful, or because they are many. I haven&rsquo;t been killed simply because in their own political calculations, [Ortiz&rsquo;s forces] still believe that the consequences of getting rid of me would generate a huge political backlash, nationally and internationally. So it&rsquo;s a simple math question. They believe the cost is too high to kill me.</em></p><p>Recently Solalinde announced to his enemies that he will return to Oaxaca to resume his work. He says he is prepared to die and has made peace with it:</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in"><em>On July 3rd, I will be back at the shelter where I belong. That&rsquo;s where my ministry calls me to be. And I will be back. . .there regardless to whether there has been any change in my conditions of safety for me to be able to do what I believe Jesus has asked me to do.</em></p><p>Solalinde said he believes God demands this work not just from him, but from everyone.</p><p>Listen to <em>Worldview</em> Tuesday to hear our conversation with Father Solalinde.</p><p><em>Special thanks to Oscar Chacon from the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (<a href="http://www.nalacc.org/index.php?L=1">NALACC</a>) for interpreting Father Solalinde&rsquo;s remarks.</em></p><p><em>English</em></p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1338312237-0" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/WV%20Alejandro%20English.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><span class="st">español</span></em></p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1338312237-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/WV%20Alejandro%20Spanish.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 29 May 2012 08:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/death-threats-force-mexican-priest-migrant-advocate-chicago-99592 Central American migrants in Mexico encounter horrible abuse and death en route to the U.S. http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-27/central-american-migrants-mexico-encounter-horrible-abuse-and-death-thei <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-27/Maria in Nobodys Land.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Central American migrants who intend to reach the U.S. usually transit Mexico without a visa. They face the risk of being raped, kidnapped, disappeared or assassinated. Ten months ago, Mexican legislators signed into law a bill that promised a new immigration regime that’s more just and humane.</p><p>Since passed into law, the bill hasn’t been adopted into code by the country's <a href="http://www.inm.gob.mx/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">National Institute of Migration</a>, and nothing has become of it. <em>Worldview </em>is joined by Father Alejandro Solalinde, director of a center in Oaxaca, Mexico that helps migrants from Central America travel to the U.S., and <a href="http://www.cristianpineda.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Cristian Pineda Flores</a>, an artist who uses his work to broaden awareness about the plight of migrants. Marcela Zamora, the Salvadoran filmmaker who directed <em><a href="http://vimeo.com/32677195" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Maria en Tierra de Nadie </a>(Maria from Nobody’s Land)</em>, also joins the conversation.</p><p><strong>Trailer for Marcela Zamora's <em>Maria en Tierra de Nadie</em></strong>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/32677195?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500" frameborder="0" height="282"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/32677195">María en tierra de nadie / María in nobody´s land</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user5066931">Marcela Zamora Chamorro</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p></p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 15:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-27/central-american-migrants-mexico-encounter-horrible-abuse-and-death-thei Burmese migrants in Thailand end up in 'Seafood Slavery' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/burmese-migrants-thailand-end-seafood-slavery-85899 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-01/97056266.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Much of the fish that ends up in American grocery stores and on your dinner plate once swam in the Gulf of Thailand. As the main supplier of seafood for the United States, Thailand's massive seafood industry attracts thousands of illegal immigrants from neighboring Burma, seeking under-the-table jobs. But most consumers are unaware the seafood they’re eating could have been caught by a seafood slave.</p><p>Patrick Winn reports. The story was provided by the <a href="http://www.prx.org/">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/burmese-migrants-thailand-end-seafood-slavery-85899 Analyzing the rights of migrant workers who cross the U.S. southern border http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/analyzing-rights-migrant-workers-who-cross-us-southern-border-85898 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-01/57406237.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The first of this month marked "May Day". Many only know May 1st as a Soviet celebration with a procession of tanks, missiles, and soldiers. But as many Chicagoans know, the day’s historic significance has to do with labor. Most nations still use it to celebrate the rights of workers.</p><p>Today we’ll reflect on May Day issues with a conversation rooted in the rights of migrant workers who cross our southern border.</p><p>Jacob Lesniewski is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. His research focuses on improving work conditions for immigrant and other low-wage workers. He’s also an organizer for the group <a href="http://www.arisechicago.org">Arise Chicago</a>, an Interfaith group focused on worker issues. And Oscar Chacon is Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American &amp; Caribbean Communities knows as (<a href="http://www.nalacc.org/index.php?id=68&amp;L=1">NALACC</a>). Oscar’s dedicated to the pursuit of social and economic justice across borders, for migrant communities. Both participated last month in a conference at the University of Chicago titled, “<a href="http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/aboutssa/migrant_rights.shtml">Migrant Rights in an Era of Globalization: The Mexico-U.S. Case</a>.”</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-09/analyzing-rights-migrant-workers-who-cross-us-southern-border-85898