Deprivation and Integration in Blackburn

In the old mill towns of North West England such as Blackburn, deprivation is making integration more difficult to achieve. How far should we push communities to come together? Is it even possible to force integration along? I was born and raised in Blackburn, Lancashire. Blackburn was the subject of a recent Panorama documentary, ‘White […] Read more

Aasia Bibi’s Asylum Limbo

The precarious situation Aasia Bibi finds herself in reflects an abject failure on the part of Pakistan’s authorities to ensure her safety. Conversations concerning the state of the Persecuted Church and various publications specialising in this field was always accessible to me. Growing up in a household where the decision had been made to leave […] Read more

We Need to Change How we Think About Refugees and Migration

Scott Jacobsen speaks to Gissou Nia about migrants, refugees, the international community, climate change, water scarcity, and more. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Migrant and refugee issues are continually arising along with concerns from the international community relating to these issues. Increasingly, they reveal some problems as well. What are the problems being faced at present by […] Read more

Is a Borderless World Viable?

A world less constrained by borders is not just a pipedream but a viable reality the world should strive for, argues Vladan Lausevic. Is it possible for humanity to live in a borderless world? The answer is yes, partly because we, to a degree, are already living in such a world. To answer the question […] Read more

Lebanon’s Syrian Refugees Face An Uncertain Future

While Assad prepares for a post-war order, Syrian refugees in Lebanon face an uncertain future, making their presence even more precarious. Driving north from Lebanon ́s capital Beirut, we reach the Bekaa Valley and its biggest city, Baalbeck. Fields and small villages along the road dominate the scenery. Beyond the mountain range to our right, […] Read more

Liberal Islam and Migrant Integration with Seyran Ateş

Seyran Ateş, a lawyer and feminist activist, speaks with Conatus News about law, faith, feminism, and integrating migrants in Western societies. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: To begin, what was your background in faith and feminism? Insofar as I know, you are of Kurdish descent. Seyran Ateş: My mother is Turkish. My father is Kurdish. He died in 2014. […] Read more

Sex Crimes in Sweden – What’s Really Going On?

The recent wave of migrant sex crimes in Sweden has received much international media attention and varying narratives in reports. Where does the truth lie? In the time of the #metoo hashtag where many celebrities globally have come forward in opening up about being victims of sexual harassment and sex crimes, Sweden recently gained attention […] Read more