Migration & Asylum

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Migration & Asylum

Migration & Asylum

Across the globe, from Africa to Southeast Asia, instability and persecution have forced thousands of people to leave their countries and seek protection elsewhere. The Open Society Foundations support groups that work on a broad range of issues affecting the safety and well-being of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

We believe that migration and asylum policy should be grounded in economic and demographic realities, not driven by temporary political considerations or popular misconceptions. In Europe, many of our civil society partners are raising their voices demanding a common European approach in line with international human rights commitments. We also support legal action aimed at ensuring governments meet their obligations under international law to treat all migrants with dignity, and offer them asylum when circumstances dictate.

Volunteers and civil society organizations are showing a responsible and humane way to help those fleeing war and persecution. These practical expressions of solidarity with the plight of refugees highlight the important role of civil society and the readiness of thousands of ordinary citizens to do more.

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Recent Work

The “Not Entirely Closed” Western Balkan Route: The Impact on Rights and the Rule of Law

This event sheds light on the situation along the Western Balkans’ migration route and provides an opportunity for experts to analyze how the migration crisis and the European Union’s response to it has impacted the region.

On Migrants and Refugees, Global Mayors Show the World What Works  

Cities and towns are in the vanguard when it comes to receiving and integrating new migrants and refugees. They have vital lessons to pass on to world leaders.

A Message from Wales on Refugees: “People Are Very Keen to Help”  

Across the UK, a community-based sponsorship program is offering an alternative approach to refugee resettlement.

A Conversation on the Syrian Conflict with Cries from Syria Director Evgeny Afineevsky  

Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky discusses his new film, Cries from Syria, and the brutal Syrian conflict—and responds to online questions.

Film Screening and Q&A: Cries from Syria

Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky presents his powerful new film about the Syrian civil war.

Building a New Legal Infrastructure Toward Confronting Hate Incidents in the United States  

The Open Society Foundations welcome the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for a conversation about their work responding to the rise in hate incidents in the United States that began in late 2016.