National Association of Counties: North Carolina county library creates record of its Hmong population

New-to-me, from National Association of Counties: North Carolina county library creates record of its Hmong population. “The Catawba County Library collaborated with DigitalNC (the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center) and the Historical Association on the Hmong Heritage Project to create a digital collection of artifacts and oral histories from the county’s Hmong population… There are about 305,525 Hmong people in the United States, 14,232 of whom are in North Carolina, according to 2020 U.S. demographic data.”

Democratizing data: new interactive map empowers Canadians to access immigration data (University of Saskatchewan)

University of Saskatchewan: Democratizing data: new interactive map empowers Canadians to access immigration data. “Let’s say you want to know how many asylum seekers came to Canada from Iran in 2020. Where do you go to find out? What if you want to apply for a grant to start an after school program in Lethbridge and you need to know how many 14-year-old refugee children live in the area? Now, you can click a mouse button and find the answers.”

Northumbria University: Major New Project To Reveal New Insights Into 19th Century British And Other Immigrant Sailors In The U.S. Navy

Northumbria University: Major New Project To Reveal New Insights Into 19th Century British And Other Immigrant Sailors In The U.s. Navy. “The ‘Civil War Bluejackets’ Project—so named because of the distinctive uniform worn by U.S. Civil War sailors—is a collaboration between historians at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and computer scientists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Koblenz-Landau. Funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project launches on 6 September 2022 with a call for citizen volunteers to help transcribe tens of thousands of Civil War “Muster Rolls”, documents that were carried on board U.S. ships and which capture the personal details of the c.118,000 men who fought on water for the Union between 1861 and 1865.”

EU Neighbors East: EU launches new platform to inform Ukrainians about EU assistance during war

EU Neighbors East: EU launches new platform to inform Ukrainians about EU assistance during war. “The EU Delegation to Ukraine has launched a new website… which provides detailed information on the various EU activities in Ukraine and their results. The portal has been created to better inform Ukrainians about the benefits and opportunities of the EU-Ukraine partnership during and after the war. The EU Delegation in Ukraine hopes that the website will help build a full and objective picture of the EU-Ukraine cooperation among Ukrainians.”

Oxford Mail: Lawyer struggles to communicate with client over Google Translate

Oxford Mail: Lawyer struggles to communicate with client over Google Translate. “AN ADVOCATE said he had battled to communicate with his cannabis farmer-accused client using Google Translate – as no interpreter was available. Pham Hoang, 18, was before Oxford Crown Court accused of producing the class B drug at a commercial scale factory in a flat in Underhill Circus, Barton. The Vietnamese teenager was allegedly found at the 270-plant cannabis farm by police officers during a raid on July 19.”

BBC: Tiktok: Suspected gangs tout English Channel migrant crossings on platform

BBC: Tiktok: Suspected gangs tout English Channel migrant crossings on platform. “Suspected people smugglers are using TikTok to advertise illegal entry into the UK via the English Channel. The BBC has found a number of people claiming they can guarantee safe passage and calm waters for £5,000. The Home Office said posts which ‘promote lethal crossings’ were unacceptable, but there are calls for more to be done to stop people-smuggling being advertised online.”

The Construction Index: Funding secured for Irish navvy archive

The Construction Index: Funding secured for Irish navvy archive. “The archive will include an array of documents and recordings of the many Irish emigrants who became known as the generation that built Britain. It will be digitised from records and interviews already gathered by Irish historian Ultan Cowley for a book who wrote more than 20 years ago, chronicling the tales of those who crossed the Irish Sea to work in UK construction. Irish construction workers at the time were widely labelled as ‘navvies’, the pejorative term used for the manual labourers who dug the canal network (the navigators) in the 18th and 19th centuries.”

First on CNN: Human smugglers peddle misinformation to US-bound migrants on Facebook, watchdog says (CNN)

CNN: First on CNN: Human smugglers peddle misinformation to US-bound migrants on Facebook, watchdog says. “Human smugglers frequently misrepresent immigration policies and conditions along the US-Mexico border in Facebook and WhatsApp social media posts targeting US-bound migrants, according to a report released Wednesday by a tech transparency group.”

Rest of World: Diaspora communities reframe history, one Instagram post at a time

Rest of World: Diaspora communities reframe history, one Instagram post at a time. “Marwan Kaabour has always been a collector. The London-based designer traces the hobby back to his childhood in Beirut, Lebanon. ‘Perhaps the most serious collection was an insanely well-organized collection of Spice Girls merchandise,’ he remembers with a laugh. Today, Kaabour is collecting photographs, video clips, and other rare visual media on the Instagram account Takweer, a digital archive with 16,000 followers that maps the intersections of queerness and Arab history.

Princeton Alumni Weekly: Katherine Clifton ’15 Is Listening to the Stories of Refugees

Princeton Alumni Weekly: Katherine Clifton ’15 Is Listening to the Stories of Refugees. “Not everyone listens carefully to other people these days — but Katherine Clifton ’15 does. She’s spent the past few years helping to collect about 180 recordings of global migrants telling their stories for a project through Princeton’s Office of Religious Life (ORL). The result, a treasure trove of voices and experiences, is about to be officially launched online June 21, timed with the United Nations’ World Refugee Day.”

Vox EU: Mobile internet access and the desire to emigrate

Vox EU: Mobile internet access and the desire to emigrate. “The mobile internet has changed how people live, work, and exchange information. Fast broadband can boost household income and affect political awareness. This column examines how 3G mobile internet rollout affects people’s desire and plans to emigrate. Increases in 3G coverage raise individuals’ desire and plans to emigrate, especially for those who do not have networks abroad, while it negatively affects perceptions of relative financial wellbeing and trust in the government. Internet access may be boosting the desire to emigrate while reducing the costs of finding information on opportunities abroad.”

Rest of World: Inside the risky world of “Migrant TikTok”

Rest of World: Inside the risky world of “Migrant TikTok”. “Speaking to Rest of World, experts pointed to migrant TikTok as a new entry point for young people into the world of irregular migration. The absence of reliable information means that social media has long played a role in helping people share advice, with Facebook groups and other private channels acting as informal hubs for knowledge: how to travel, whom to contact. But with the rise of apps like TikTok where posts are public, compounded by recommender algorithms that repeatedly suggest similar content, virality has given this information greater reach among people who aren’t actively searching for it.”

Buenos Aires Times: New ancestry archive allows Argentines to track ancestors’ arrival

Buenos Aires Times: New ancestry archive allows Argentines to track ancestors’ arrival. “CEMLA has now made the historical records of immigrant arrival in Argentina available online…. Those wishing to search need the full name of the person being investigated, and the database (with information from 1800 to 1960) will reveal the ship on which their relatives sailed to Argentina, or the person’s line of work. This database comprises over 4.4 million people in total, featuring information on 200 countries of origin, over 75 years of records up to 1960, and over 3,500 vessels where they travelled to settle in this country.”

The Irish News: Ukrainian refugees in the UK have made calls to a slavery and exploitation helpline

The Irish News: Ukrainian refugees in the UK have made calls to a slavery and exploitation helpline. “Unseen said millions of Ukrainians need support to keep them safe from trafficking. The charity, along with a coalition of anti-slavery and human rights groups, has launched a new website… The website aims to provide a one-stop shop of useful websites, helplines, and information including where to get basic travel and housing advice to opening a bank account and understanding your rights as a worker in the UK.”