Sunday Reading: The Journey | The New Yorker
This week, because the Trump Administration’s self-created border-wall disaster continues, we’re bringing you a selection of items in regards to the perilous trips undertaken via migrants world wide. From the U.S.-Mexico border, Sarah Stillman reviews at the kidnappers, gangsters, and different extortionists who prey on those that try to pass; in upstate New York, Jake Halpern enters a protected space from which refugees take a look at to go into Canada. In “Ten Borders,” Nicholas Schmidle explains how a Syrian legislation scholar made it to Sweden wearing simplest “four shirts, a pair of pants, and a black scarf knitted by his wife”; in “We Have No Choice,” Ben Taub tells the harrowing tale of a teen-age woman’s trek from Nigeria to Italy. Lauren Collins meets an Afghan boy who’s misplaced in Europe’s maze of camps and detention facilities. Finally, Alexis Okeowo chronicles a mass defection via the Eritrean nationwide football group. These tales seize the truth of migration in all of its historic, political, and human element.
“At Vive, a safe house in Buffalo, New York, a staff composed largely of volunteers welcomes asylum seekers from around the world.”
“One can choose to become a refugee, but to be smuggled is to be at the mercy of others.”
“Unaccompanied minors are the de-facto vanguard of the greatest migration since the Second World War—its innovators and its guinea pigs.”
“Embarrassingly for the Eritrean government, members of the national soccer team have repeatedly defected after games abroad.”
“As African migrants head toward the Mediterranean, they unwittingly follow the ancient caravan routes of the trans-Saharan slave trade.”
“America’s migrant-extortion market remains in the shadows of our fierce immigration debate.”