WMTV: New initiative aims to welcome Afghan refugees, give support information

WMTV: New initiative aims to welcome Afghan refugees, give support information. “A new website launched Tuesday aims to help anyone wanting to welcome and support Afghan refugees who have arrived in the United States. [The site] provides information about volunteering, donations and providing legal aid or sponsoring a family. It can also connect people to groups and organizations helping with the resettlement efforts.”

Forced To Flee: UNHCR podcast tells story of displacement over 70 years (UNHCR)

UNHCR: Forced To Flee: UNHCR podcast tells story of displacement over 70 years. “Over seven episodes narrated by broadcaster, author and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Anita Rani, Forced To Flee revisits some of the world’s most tumultuous events over the past 70 years. Forcibly displaced people, humanitarian workers and others tell their own extraordinary stories and offer unique perspectives on some of the most significant moments in recent history: from the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 to the fall-out from the end of the conflict in Viet Nam; from the genocide in Rwanda to the crisis in Syria.”

NewsWise: Language barriers do not explain why immigrants have higher mortality from COVID-19

NewsWise: Language barriers do not explain why immigrants have higher mortality from COVID-19. “Language barriers or lack of institutional awareness do not explain why immigrants in Sweden have a higher mortality from COVID-19. These are the conclusions of a new population-based study from Stockholm University that analyzed intermarried couples–immigrants partnered with Swedes.”

Washington Post: An army of veterans and volunteers organizes online to evacuate Afghans, from thousands of miles away

Washington Post: An army of veterans and volunteers organizes online to evacuate Afghans, from thousands of miles away. “On a quiet, tree-lined street in the Bay Area, Jon Reed’s computer screen swam with maps of Kabul, chat threads and text messages from Special Operations forces, other service members and civilian contractors inside and around Hamid Karzai International Airport. A former Green Beret, Reed is one of thousands of veterans, active-duty service members, former government officials and civil servants working online to help Afghans flee Taliban retaliation.”

Seton Hall University: Following the Path of the Ukrainian Diaspora

Seton Hall University: Following the Path of the Ukrainian Diaspora . “The Ukrainian Diaspora oral history project is an outgrowth of a 13-year collaboration between the College’s Secondary Education Program and the Borys Grinchencko Kyiv University. Under the leadership of Professor James Daly, the project was launched with funding from a digital humanities grant from Seton Hall. In addition to documenting first-hand historical accounts of the immigrant experience, the partnership hosts virtual seminars, and is developing an interactive web site to display research related to the history of Ukrainian immigrants to the U.S.”

Upworthy: Meme artist raises more than $2 million in 5 hours to rescue Afghans on Taliban kill list

Upworthy: Meme artist raises more than $2 million in 5 hours to rescue Afghans on Taliban kill list. “We’ve all spent several days watching the news from Afghanistan with a mixture of horror, sadness, and frustration. Images of crowds of people clamoring to get onto planes at the Kabul airport, human beings clinging to a flying jet before falling to their deaths from the sky, hordes of men, women, and children desperate to escape a violent, extremist regime crammed like sardines into U.S. cargo planes—it’s all too much. We know there are so many people we can’t help. That’s the tragic reality. But there are people we can help. And that’s happening, right now, on the internet and on the ground in Afghanistan.”

New York Times: In Texas, a Quarantine Camp for Migrants With Covid-19

New York Times: In Texas, a Quarantine Camp for Migrants With Covid-19. “Amid a ferocious resurgence of coronavirus infections in many parts of the country, some conservative politicians, including the governors of Texas and Florida, have blamed the Biden administration’s failure to halt the influx of migrants for the soaring case numbers. In fact, the massive operation in McAllen and others like it make that extremely unlikely, and public health officials and elected leaders here note that the region was facing rising case numbers even before the recent increase in border crossings.”In fact, the massive operation in McAllen and others like it make that extremely unlikely, and public health officials and elected leaders here note that the region was facing rising case numbers even before the recent increase in border crossings.”

Oireachtas Library: Oireachtas Library presents new digitised collection at American Conference for Irish Studies

Peter H. took time out of his busy day to let me know about this newspaper collection and I sure do appreciate it! Oireachtas Library: Oireachtas Library presents new digitised collection at American Conference for Irish Studies. “Kate McCarthy, the special collections librarian, gave a presentation to the conference on the Oireachtas Library’s digital special collections with a focus on the The United Irishman, the newspaper published by Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa in New York in the late 19th century. The newspapers are part of the library’s Dublin Castle collection.”

Stockholm Center for Freedom: Hate speech against refugees increases on Turkish social media as a new wave of Afghan migrants arrives

Stockholm Center for Freedom: Hate speech against refugees increases on Turkish social media as a new wave of Afghan migrants arrives. “Hate speech against refugees on Turkish social media has increased recently, with a new wave of refugee arrivals in Turkey starting as the Taliban increases the territory it controls in Afghanistan amid a US troop withdrawal.”

Brigham Young University: BYU professor highlights unsung stories from Utah’s rich pioneer history with Intermountain Histories website

Brigham Young University: BYU professor highlights unsung stories from Utah’s rich pioneer history with Intermountain Histories website. “Immigrant communities such as a Jewish settlement in Clarion and a Thai community in Layton may not be as well-known or remembered but still play an important part of Utah’s history — a history rich with diverse stories of faith and perseverance. With the passage of time, however, many of the stories of Utah’s immigrants are on the verge of being lost. BYU history professor and Associate Director of the BYU Redd Center, Brenden W. Rensink, hopes to change that through a new website and mobile app called Intermountain Histories — a platform dedicated to highlighting significant places and people who helped shape the history of the Intermountain West.”

New York Carib News: Carnegie Corporation of New York honors 34 great immigrants

New-to-me: a database of great immigrants to the United States. From New York Carib News: Carnegie Corporation of New York honors 34 great immigrants. “The Great Immigrants initiative is intended to increase public awareness of immigration’s role in our country, reflecting the priorities of Andrew Carnegie, a self-made industrialist. In 1911, he established Carnegie Corporation of New York, a grantmaking foundation dedicated to the causes of democracy, education, and international peace. To date, the Corporation has honored more than 600 outstanding immigrants, whose stories can be viewed through the Corporation’s online database, which is among the leading resources of its type.”

The Citizen (Tanzania): The UN’s refugee data shame, and what needs to be done

The Citizen (Tanzania): The UN’s refugee data shame, and what needs to be done. “Back in 2017, I wrote of the risks of the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, collecting biometric registration data from Rohingya refugees, noting that the data could be used to drive unwilling repatriation; that collecting such data may make refugees believe their access to aid depends upon providing such data; and that – once collected or shared – such biometric data is virtually impossible to get rid of. Nearly four years later, a report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) says these worst-case scenarios have come true: A detailed database of the Rohingya refugee population has been handed over to Myanmar’s government, which drove them across the border into Bangladesh almost four years ago.”

Atlas Obscura: The Quest to Collect the Stories of Bengalis in Harlem

Atlas Obscura: The Quest to Collect the Stories of Bengalis in Harlem . “ALAUDIN ULLAH HAS SPENT MORE than 20 years collecting untold or overlooked stories of the earliest South Asian immigrants to America, their Black and Hispanic wives, and their descendants, particularly in New York. It’s a research project, but also a personal one: The project has been a way for him to understand his own story, too—and his father’s.”

NBC News: Pastor battles human smugglers on Facebook

NBC News: Pastor battles human smugglers on Facebook. “[Gustavo] Banda’s alarm about human smugglers promoting their services on social media is echoed by the Tech Transparency Project, a research group within the nonprofit watchdog Campaign for Accountability…. This week, the group published a report, previewed exclusively by NBC News, highlighting the extent to which Facebook and WhatsApp are used to organize human smuggling across the southern border.”