The voices least heard in the debate are migrants themselves. While media and politicians perceive them as cockroaches or statistics, the crisis will only escalate

People move. The history of humanity is a history of migration. Since the earliest movement of Homo erectus out of Africa across Eurasia, humankind has had reason and the means to travel from one place to another. Sometimes that movement is orderly, planned and peaceful. But just as often it is harried and desperate, a violent expulsion of large numbers of people fleeing persecution, war, famine or other natural disasters.

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Politicians use control of information to build broader narratives around ‘illegals’ or ‘suspected terrorists’

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