Migration Anthropology Consultants (MAC), LLC

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Migration Anthropology Consultants (MAC), LLC

Human Migration & Refugee Studies
Cross-Cultural Training
Workplace Culture Analysis

👇 NEW FEATURE BELOW - "Others' Essays/My Comments"

OVERVIEW

Migration Anthropology Consultants (MAC), LLC provides expert international and domestic consultancy and training services to governmental and international agencies, non-governmental organizations and voluntary agencies, and corporations and businesses.

The multidisciplinary, holistic, participant observation methods of anthropology are applied to human migration, refugee populations, and business and organization workplace analysis.  Behavioral scientific rigor and humanism are essential to this approach.

Training programs are also provided on cross-cultural communication and other skills necessary for living and working in multi-cultural, international settings.

A detailed description of MAC
's services, leadership and current projects can be found on the following pages:

PAGE 2 - MIGRATION & REFUGEES
Migration Studies
Refugee Resettlement Referral
Refugee Reception & Assimilation Studies

Cross-Cultural Communication for International Work

PAGE 4 - CORPORATE, BUSINESS & ORGANIZATION CULTURE
Corporate, Business & Organization Culture Analysis for Increased Production, Profit and Product/Service Quality

MAC Leadership
Current Projects
Contract Terms

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Others' Essays/My Comments 2017

Rohingya Refugees – ‘Blood flowed in the streets.’

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/blood-flowed-in-the-streets-refugees-from-one-rohingya-village-recount-days-of-horror/2017/09/15/34059ecc-9735-11e7-af6a-6555caaeb8dc_story.html?utm_term=.a862f637025c

What Drives Displacement and Refuge?

https://blog.oup.com/2017/09/what-drives-displacement-and-refuge/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblog

South Sudan: No Country for Civilians

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/08/31/no-country-for-civilians-south-sudan/?mc_cid=ba6f8129a9&mc_eid=01ed989279

Rohingya Flee Myanmar

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/09/02/world/asia/rohingya-myanmar-bangladesh-refugees-massacre.html?emc=edit_th_20170903&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=7349205&_r=0&referer

Stay, Hide or Leave? Hard Choices oir Recent Immigrants in US Heartland

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/us/stay-hide-or-leave-hard-choices-for-immigrants-in-the-heartland.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

Escaping Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya

https://www.sbnation.com/a/kakuma?mc_cid=1a4512725c&mc_eid=01ed989279

From 1996 to 2007 I visited Kakuma refugee camp in northwest Kenya many times. Over those years, on trips lasting from two weeks to two months, other immigration officers and I resided there and interviewed thousands of people for resettlement as refugees in the US. [The tax money spent and numbers of refugees that legally enter the US are minuscule compared to the total US economy and Federal budget, and compared to the number of illegal immigrants. Refugee resettlement does not hurt Americans, it helps the neediest of the needy and upholds the US's humanitarian standing in the world.]

Kakuma is a mostly tent and mud hut camp established by the UN in 1991 in the arid homeland of the warrior-herding Turkana ethnic group of Kenya, a very hot and dusty place. However, equal to my years with the US Peace Corps, refugee resettlement in Kakuma and elsewhere was the hardest, most humbling yet best work I've ever been privileged to do.

Welcome to a portrait of Kakuma camp where birds sound like cats, frogs sound like birds, and wolf spiders, snakes, scorpions, stink beetles, and malarial mosquitoes abound. And where camp residents, mostly Sudanese, try to hang on to their sanity and dignity for years, in an impermanent and often dangerous present and an uncertain future. Sports and other forms of entertainment help.

What Immigration Detention Did to My Mental Health

https://medium.com/@glopez_76731/what-immigration-detention-did-to-my-mental-health-d26111bdbba2

How Not to Solve the Refugee Crisis

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/31/how-not-to-solve-the-refugee-crisis?mbid=nl_TNY+Template+-+With+Photo+%2834%29&CNDID=43731585&spMailingID=11562170&spUserID=MTQzMzQzOTExNTY2S0&spJobID=1202363143&spReportId=MTIwMjM2MzE0MwS2

Documenting Corporate Culture

https://hackernoon.com/introducing-the-culture-designer-101-861990a7320a

Inside Libya’s Migrant Trade

https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/they-are-not-treated-like-humans-inside-libyas-thriving-migrant-trade/2017/07/02/1f1f872c-4580-11e7-8de1-cec59a9bf4b1_story.html?utm_term=.fad5b42dceb8&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Canada’s Immigration Policy

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/28/opinion/canada-immigration-policy-trump.html?emc=edit_th_20170628&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=7349205&_r=0&referer

Fixing a Toxic Workplace Culture Like Uber’s

https://theconversation.com/fixing-a-toxic-culture-like-ubers-requires-more-than-just-a-new-ceo-79102?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+June+21+2017+-+76746043+-+730+am&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+June+21+2017+-+76746043+-+730+am+CID_b09c1d1f993564093aeb611292720f8b&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Fixing+a+toxic+culture+like+Ubers+requires+more+than+just+a+new+CEO

South Sudan’s Cild Refugees in Uganda

https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/south-sudans-child-refugees-portraits-crisis-uganda/32469?utm_campaign=2017_misc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=20170620_facebook-unicefusa&utm_content=na&ms=social_soc_2017_misc_20170620_facebook-unicefusa&initialms=social_soc_2017_misc_20170620_facebook-unicefusa

Want to help relieve suffering and provide life-saving opportunities for the neediest of the needy in the world? Support UNICEF and UNHCR any way you are able.

"Home to over 270,000 refugees from South Sudan's brutal civil war, northern Uganda's Bidi Bidi settlement has become is the world's largest refugee camp, the epicenter of a growing humanitarian crisis. Since mid-2016, Uganda's refugee population has more than doubled from 500,000 to nearly 1.3 million. Fleeing violence, famine and economic collapse, over 2,000 South Sudanese refugees on average spill over the border into Uganda every day — half of them children. ... UNICEF is supporting the Ugandan government and working with key partners to reach thousands of refugees with critical, often lifesaving, services."

A New Definition of Company Culture

https://hackernoon.com/a-new-definition-of-company-culture-for-tomorrow-e28b95dd0a05

One of the services my consultancy, Migration Anthropology Consultants (MAC) LLC, offers is conducting studies of the "culture" of businesses and providing recommendations that improve company productivity. Here's a good essay that provides various definitions of "corporate culture." It also suggests a method, Culture Designer 101, for defining a business organization's basic principles and core values, and writing a mission statement.

"Corporate culture is a shared investment in the values, ethics, spirit and socially reinforced norms which convey meaning into products, services and community."

World Refugee Day 2017

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/06/20/on-world-refugee-day-5-correspondents-reveal-what-its-like-to-cover-the-crisis/?utm_term=.7d307e053b5f

‘The Great Migration’

https://delanceyplace.com/view-archives.php?p=3359

"Historians would come to call it the Great Migration. It would be­come perhaps the biggest underreported story of the twentieth century. It was vast. It was leaderless. It crept along so many thousands of cur­rents over so long a stretch of time as to be difficult for the press truly to capture while it was under way.

"Over the course of six decades, some six million black southerners left the land of their forefathers and fanned out across the country for an un­certain existence in nearly every other corner of America. The Great Migration would become a turning point in history. It would transform urban America and recast the social and political order of every city it touched. It would force the South to search its soul and finally to lay aside a feudal caste system. It grew out of the unmet promises made after the Civil War and, through the sheer weight of it, helped push the country toward the civil rights revolutions of the 1960s."

Bidi Bidi, Uganda - World’s Largest Refugee Camp

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/apr/03/uganda-at-breaking-point-bidi-bidi-becomes-worlds-largest-refugee-camp-south-sudan

Refugees and Asylees in the U.S.

http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/refugees-and-asylees-united-states

"Fewer than 1 percent of formally recognized refugees worldwide are resettled annually, with about 125,600 individuals departing to resettlement countries in 2016. The United States has historically led the world in terms of refugee resettlement, and today remains the top resettlement country. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, the United States resettled 84,994 refugees."

Myths About Why Migrants Cross the Mediterranean

https://theconversation.com/debunking-myths-about-why-people-migrate-across-the-mediterranean-77814?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+June+1+2017+-+75065803&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+June+1+2017+-+75065803+CID_be5a108687c0aa88779216706f94a788&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Debunking+myths+about+why+people+migrate+across+the+Mediterranean

"So for many, 'destination Europe' is not a pull factor in their migration journey. If we want to understand why people on the move are willing to risk their lives in unsafe boats heading for Europe, much more attention needs to be paid to the drivers of flight and how to offer effective protection to people driven to take such a dangerous journey.

"Many people we spoke to had fled from situations of war or conflict, from the threat of terrorist or cult groups, and from kidnapping and torture or violence. Others had fled from persecution by governments, or from being targeted by governments for conscription.

"People also fled from family problems, societal ostracism, extreme discrimination and exploitation, as well as from poverty caused by unemployment or the loss of livelihood. Others faced limited prospects of integration and access to education or language difficulties."

The Trauma of Facing Deportation

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/03/the-trauma-of-facing-deportation?mbid=nl_170516_Daily&CNDID=43731585&spMailingID=11036886&spUserID=MTQzMzQzOTExNTY2S0&spJobID=1161397360&spReportId=MTE2MTM5NzM2MAS2

Migration vs. The Welfare State

https://www.theglobalist.com/migration-vs-the-welfare-state/

When Companies Grow Beyond 150 People

https://qz.com/846530/something-weird-happens-to-companies-when-they-hit-150-people/

Being Yourself, A Unaffordable Luxury for Most Immigrants in U.S.

https://thecoffeelicious.com/being-yourself-is-the-luxury-most-immigrants-dont-have-9e4ffec20b8a

The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked Girl

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/10/the-desperate-journey-of-a-trafficked-girl?mbid=nl_170403_Daily&CNDID=43731585&spMailingID=10747482&spUserID=MTQzMzQzOTExNTY2S0&spJobID=1140207279&spReportId=MTE0MDIwNzI3OQS2

African Migrants in South Africa

https://qz.com/915845/nigerians-somalis-and-malawians-have-been-attacked-in-south-africa-sparking-fears-of-a-repeat-of-xenophobic-violence/

A Nebraska Community Welcomes Syrian Refugees

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-nebraska-syrian-refugees-find-a-warm-and-welcoming-community/2017/02/05/5615c82a-eb9b-11e6-9973-c5efb7ccfb0d_story.html?utm_term=.fe4099a80898&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Trump’s Ban on Refugees

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2017/01/26/the-disastrous-ripple-effects-of-trumps-executive-action-on-refugee-resettlement/?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=41444456

Having had the privilege and honor of serving in the US refugee resettlement program (USRP) for eleven years and interviewing thousands of refugee applicants mostly in remote, harsh areas in Africa, I am deeply saddened and disturbed by this unnecessary action. It will only succeed in causing additional suffering to refugees.

This move by Trump and his supporters in Congress will lead to an unnecessarily severe and ineffective tightening of restrictions on refugee nationality selection criteria, interview adjudication approval thresholds, and admissibility security vetting standards.

Of the hundreds of thousands of refugees that have found safety in the US since 9/11/2001 only three have engaged in terrorist related activity, and all three had become radicalized after, not before, their admission to the US. The resettlement program is not even a remote choice of terrorists for entry into the US for three reasons: the wait to be interviewed can be from 1.5 to 3 years or more; approval is not guaranteed; approval criteria and security checks are the most rigorous of all legal methods of entering the US.

Attacking the USRP is part of politically motivated fear-mongering that benefits rich politicians in search of votes at the expense of refugees. These actions by our government should be vigorously opposed for humanitarian and US international standing and leadership reasons.

"The international refugee system, constructed in the aftermath of World War II, has enabled millions of refugees in every region to find safety in other countries. President Trump’s expected action to suspend all refugee resettlement to the United States and to impose additional restrictions on refugees from largely Muslim countries is a sad day for refugees and for cherished American values."

Having had the privilege and honor of serving in the US refugee resettlement program (USRP) for eleven years and interviewing thousands of refugee applicants mostly in remote, harsh areas in Africa, I am deeply saddened and disturbed by this unnecessary action. It will only succeed in causing additional suffering to refugees.

This move by Trump and his supporters in Congress will lead to an unnecessarily severe and ineffective tightening of restrictions on refugee nationality selection criteria, interview adjudication approval thresholds, and admissibility security vetting standards.

Of the hundreds of thousands of refugees that have found safety in the US since 9/11/2001 only three have engaged in terrorist related activity, and all three had become radicalized after, not before, their admission to the US. The resettlement program is not even a remote choice of terrorists for entry into the US for three reasons: the wait to be interviewed can be from 1.5 to 3 years or more; approval is not guaranteed; approval criteria and security checks are the most rigorous of all legal methods of entering the US.

Attacking the USRP is part of politically motivated fear-mongering that benefits rich politicians in search of votes at the expense of refugees. These actions by our government should be vigorously opposed for humanitarian and US international standing and leadership reasons.

"The international refugee system, constructed in the aftermath of World War II, has enabled millions of refugees in every region to find safety in other countries. President Trump’s expected action to suspend all refugee resettlement to the United States and to impose additional restrictions on refugees from largely Muslim countries is a sad day for refugees and for cherished American values."

Human Trafficking - ‘There are no teen prostitutes.’

https://blog.oup.com/2017/01/human-trafficking-prevention-month-teen-prostitutes/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=oupblog#sthash.0AwixjTk.dpuf

The Big Business of Human Trafficking

http://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/the-21st-century-gold-rush-refugees/#/niger

Climate Change a Cause of Displacement in Africa

https://qz.com/859499/a-total-of-12-4-million-people-were-internally-displaced-in-21-african-countries-in-2015/

The Migration Machine, Europe’s Migration Crisis

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/migration/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social#story/60

Untangling the U.S. Immigration Debate

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/10/31/untangling-the-immigration-debate

The Violence of Australia’s Refugee Policy

http://criticallegalthinking.com/2016/10/25/nauru-files-reading/

The Refugee ‘Jungle’ in France

http://criticallegalthinking.com/2016/10/24/republics-jungle/

Kenya’s Threat to Close Dadaab Refugee Camp

https://theconversation.com/kenyas-threat-to-close-dadaab-camp-plays-on-international-refugee-fears-59747

65.3 Million People Displaced in 2015

https://theconversation.com/kenyas-threat-to-close-dadaab-camp-plays-on-international-refugee-fears-59747

About the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

http://www.iom.int/about-iom

Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind

https://www.amazon.com/Human-Migration-Investigate-Journey-Humankind/dp/1619303752/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464387041&sr=1-2&keywords=human+migration

Here's a very good new book on human migration for high schoolers. I was a pro bono consultant for the later drafts of the book. Part of my review is printed on the back cover. The publisher says the book is for 12-15 year-olds but I think the book's vocabulary and the topics listed in the contents, glossary and index indicate it would also be a very worthwhile read for 16-18 year-olds. It was published by Nomad Press in Vermont and printed in Canada. I highly recommend it.

Interviewing, Vetting and Resettling Syrian Refugees – A Long and Thorough Process

https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/11/30/the-process-for-interviewing-vetting-and-resettling-syrian-refugees-in-america-is-incredibly-long-and-thorough/