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Stories about Migration & Immigration

As a Salvadoran, the U.S. symbolized safety for me. Now, that is crumbling

Incessant US immigration reforms under the Trump administration bring uncertainty and hopelessness to immigrants like me.

‘Invisible hands': How millions of domestic workers fare under COVID-19

"We are the invisible hands. Our work is not valued. We don’t exist for the families we serve nor do we exist for the state."

Solo protest in the Netherlands for the Uyghur cause: One man takes on the Chinese state

In the Netherlands, the solo protest of an Uyghur exile puts a spotlight on China's actions against Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.

‘Where is my family?': A question left unanswered for too many Uyghurs living abroad

After years of silence about the fate of his family, an Uyghur refugee decides to go public about the persecution of Uyghurs in China, despite the trauma he experiences.

In Assad-controlled Syria, the official narrative is ‘no COVID-19 cases’

In order to maintain a facade of control, the Assad regime does whatever it takes to deny the presence of COVID-19 in the territories it controls.

Fruit picking in a pandemic: Europe's precarious migrant workers

Despite COVID-19, Eastern European seasonal labourers continued to toil on farms and in factories as before — sparking a fierce debate about the rights of migrants in wealthier EU states.

Short film demonstrates what it can be like to be black in Japan

A boy must endure and somehow learn, own his own, how to deal with the racist taunts of his new classmates.  

What is it like to be a mainland Chinese living in Hong Kong and supporting the protests?

Pro-protest mainlanders get doxxed by hostile internet users at home and sometimes face discrimination in their adopted city.

June 2020, a month of #BLM in Japan

Black Lives Matter rallies and marches were held in cities across Japan throughout June, part of a global display of solidarity with demonstrators in the United States and other countries.

Harrowing tales from African domestic workers in Lebanon 

African domestic workers are essentially slaves in the Gulf and Arab countries, under the Kafala sponsorship system that allows this exploitation and abuse to continue. 

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part II)

"For Czech society, accepting that a non-white person can be Czech is too unusual and often not digestible."

Afro-Czechs on visibility, racism and life in the Czech Republic (Part I)

The Czech society started discussing ethnic discrimination and diversity after the fall of Communism, which had erroneously claimed to have eradicated racism.

Remembering Amadou Diallo, a Guinean victim of police brutality in the USA

Amadou Diallo, a Guinean in the USA, was shot 41 times by NYC police. His family sued the city and settled for $3 million and created the Amadou Diallo Foundation in...

New law forces Hungarian transgender people to choose exile

Transgender people told Global Voices that Brussels has failed to stand up to Budapest on the issue.

Jamaica’s Brian Heap, Caribbean regional winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, talks storytelling

"Jamaican language [...] is designed to subvert the English language. I love its frequent juxtaposition of archaic English words and African expressions and syntax, [...] used to sometimes devastating effect."

Speaking with Jamaica’s Brian Heap, Caribbean regional winner of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

"Jamaica is so rich in stories [...] It’s so important for us to delve into the inner life of Jamaican subjects."

‘Where is the center of the story?': Revisiting the traditional view of Russia's Muslim communities

Global Voices spoke to academic Danielle Ross about her challenging view of the history of Islam and Islamic reform in Russia.

Between Kolkata, Saint-Petersburg and Paris: An interview with novelist Shumona Sinha

"Literature does not pretend it can change the world, but it can unveil the human condition, plant seeds of hope, of dreams of a better world...."

Israel appoints its first Ethiopian-born minister, Pnina Tamano-Shata

Israel has just appointed its first black minister from the Ethiopian Jewish community. Despite this encouraging gesture, the community still faces discrimination and racism in Israel.

Art as a true act of resistance: A conversation with theatre actor Juan Pablo Mazorra

"I believe that theatre will change the world, or at least one world, that of the individual."

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