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

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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.

In the Mediterranean, Standing Back Is Not an Option

NGO search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean are a necessary moral response to a continuing humanitarian tragedy.

EU Plan on Migration Will Only Give North Africans More Reason to Flee

Bolstering authoritarian regimes risks further human rights violations and populations more determined to escape.