Migration in Italy
Following WWII, the population of the Italian hillside town of Riace shrunk to just a few hundred people. But from 1998, Riace opened its doors to refugees arriving on its shores, breathing new life into the town and staving off economic decline. Now, as The Globe’s Eric Reguly reports, the mayor responsible is in exile, and Italy’s right-wing government is cracking down on migration. What future is there for Riace?
In Nigeria, the country’s deadliest violence comes not from Boko Haram but from a conflict between farmers and herders competing for space as the population grows and land becomes more scarce. In The Washington Post, Max Bearak reports on the locals who, in the absence of a sufficient government response, “have cobbled together groups of peacekeepers who have become the plateau’s de facto law enforcement.”
As representatives of nearly 200 countries meet in Poland to try and negotiate the rules of the Paris climate accord, the CBC’s Nahlah Ayed reports from Krakow, a city with a serious smog problem (the “Beijing of Europe”). It’s not all bad news: after citizens demanded action, Krakow approved a ban on using coal. What can other countries learn from the Polish example?
For The Globe and Mail, Christina Frangou shares the story of Jihan Khudher, a Yazidi refugee living in Calgary. Though safe in Canada, Jihan, who was held captive by ISIS, is suffering from rare, PTSD-related seizures — a kind triggered by extreme stress or trauma. Her medical team has identified something they believe can help: the reunification of Jihan’s broken family.