The High Cost of Undocumented Entry into the US

How far would $10,000 take you on a trip? A week long cruise? Perhaps the trip of a lifetime? For undocumented migrants, $10,000 might get them into the US. The fee, charged by coyotes (human smugglers) typically provides 3 attempts at crossing the border into the US, although no guarantees are provided. A recent article … More The High Cost of Undocumented Entry into the US

Crisis at the Border? Undocumented Migration and the Separation of Children and Parents

I have watched with increasing concern over the past few weeks the impacts of Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy, a policy that has resulted in the detention and separation of parents from their children, some of whom are not old enough to speak yet. Since April, some 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and … More Crisis at the Border? Undocumented Migration and the Separation of Children and Parents

Southbound: The Migration of African American’s to the US South

The vast northward movement of African Americans over the first half of the twentieth century is well documented. At that time, thousands moved to the US Midwest and Northeast to find jobs and escape the poverty of the South. Decades later, that flow has reversed, with large scale out-migration from cities such as Chicago, Detroit, … More Southbound: The Migration of African American’s to the US South

Counting International and Displaced Migrants

As a population researcher, I love data – it allows us to tell our stories and highlight particular cases as we seek to understand how and where populations move due to conflict, environmental disasters, or other reasons. Interactive sites, which allow you to explore the data based on your own interests and questions, give you … More Counting International and Displaced Migrants