Much of the information in circulation about migration focuses on institutions (laws, policies), quantitative data, and macro level observations, reflecting the research of academics or other experts, the institutional perspectives of governmental or nongovernmental agencies, and the opinions of politicians and voters. While it is important to know what all of these parties think about migration, those best able to articulate the lived experience of migration, and the human consequences of migration laws and policies are migrants themselves.
The following series, Migrant Narratives, focuses on a range of issues relating to migration, migrant detention and deportation, and asylum processes considered from the perspectives of migrants themselves.
Each installment of this series will feature an issue, which will be addressed by introducing several testimonial narratives of migrants, in many cases linking to digital stories or other audiovisual materials or texts that record longer and more complete versions of each these personal narratives.
It will also suggest possible solutions to the problems identified in the narratives.
These Migrant Narratives can be used in research and teaching, as well as to inform policy makers and agencies serving migrants of community needs. They are meant to complement Immigration Facts and other materials that help all of us to better understand the dynamics of migration in the contemporary world. While series reflects the specific context of the United States and Mexico, the issues addressed have global implications.