Anthropology Magazine

How Bureaucracy Conceals Obligations to Afghan Refugees

Column / Borders

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    A panicked crowd presses against a desk with several people sitting behind computers in a small room.

    How Bureaucracy Conceals Obligations to Afghan Refugees

    Tens of thousands of Afghans who helped the U.S. during a 20-year war were recently left behind in Afghanistan, despite promises to keep them safe. Anthropological research sheds light on how paperwork and logistics serve as convenient covers for the U.S. to escape its moral obligations.

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    immigrants refugees vaccination - Undocumented populations often rely on small clinics, such as the Terra Nova Medical Group in Oakland, California (pictured here), that specifically serve uninsured or low-income communities.

    What Is Vaccination Equity?

    With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout now underway, some immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers are being left behind.

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    Many who attempt to migrate to safety, such as those shown here crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, are in even more precarious situations now due to the ongoing pandemic.

    Coronavirus Is Killing the Hope of Asylum

    The pandemic has deepened the crisis for the millions of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers who have nowhere to turn in the face of closed ports and seas emptied of rescue boats.

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    Asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani stands near the abandoned naval base on Manus where he was imprisoned during the first three years of his exile on the island.

    Offshoring Responsibility for Asylum-Seekers

    Australia’s offshore detention and asylum processing centers on Manus and Nauru islands have elicited global criticism—and praise. Will they become the new model for other nations?