New Internationalist

Detained world

Across the globe, migrants – men and women, the old and the young – are routinely deprived of their liberty. The problem is getting worse. States are holding people on the move for longer, and in greater numbers, than ever before. Between them, Europe and the US imprisoned close to 1 million migrants in 2011. This damaging, brutal and costly practise is spreading to new pastures – Indonesia, Mauritania, Ukraine – sponsored by the rich world. What can be done to stop detention? To ensure that migrants are welcomed – not imprisoned?

January 2014, Issue 469

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Foreigners behind bars
Detaining foreigners is costly, inhumane and on the rise. Time to turn the tide back, argues Hazel Healy.
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Outsourcing detention to private companies is a recipe for a disaster, says Antony Loewenstein.
Detaining migrants: THE FACTS
Inhospitable Israel
Tel Aviv is taking it to the next level with plans to hold African asylum-seekers in desert camps indefinitely, reports Joseph Cox.
Tough Guide to the World's Detention Centres
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Web exclusive debate: Academic Michael Flynn and advocate Michelle Branégo head to head.
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Stories from around the world that didn't make the mainstream media in 2013
Migrant worker abuse in Saudi Arabia exposed
Kenya: Somalis out!
Songlines app in Australia
Introducing Juan Orlando Hernandez
Professor Dumpster
20 years of Mexico's Zapatistas
72 hours to death in Indonesia
Norway's TV slowdown
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by cartoonist Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be Cheerful.
The best of 2013: films, books and music that won us over this year.
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Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick.
Music reviews
The Huambo Musica Sessions by Tsikaya and Victor Gama; Gentle Men by Roy Bailey et al; The Enchanted Mesa by Stefan Zeniuk and Gato Loco.
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Mark Engler
The great Monsanto food prize fiasco.
Steve Parry
Please, sir, I want some more schools!
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Country Profile: Turkmenistan
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