To Be an Immigrant Is Still to Be Human

To Be an Immigrant Is Still to Be Human

 

Being an immigrant has at times been scary largely because being different can be scary. To be an immigrant is to be foreign, and to be foreign is to be different. One Akkadian word for “foreign” is nakrum, the same adjective used to mean “strange” and, even, “enemy”. In the ancient world, being foreign could also mean being strange, possibly even hostile, and based on recent social and political trends, for some, not too much has changed since 2000 BC.  Continue reading “To Be an Immigrant Is Still to Be Human”

Abuse, Asylum, and Agency

Abuse, Asylum, and Agency

On January 16th, CNN published an article about a handful Saudi women who decided to seek asylum in the US. Through the lens of these women’s experiences, the article explores some of the human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, like male guardianship over women and the death penalty for atheism. The article also notes that the Saudi women featured might not fit the conventional mould of a refugee or asylum seeker, but that they faced sufficient danger in their home country to warrant an asylum application. Continue reading “Abuse, Asylum, and Agency”