The Financial Journey of Refugees: Evidence from Greece, Jordan, and Turkey

A full report, executive summary, and a compendium of field notes, by Kim Wilson and Roxanne Krystalli. The Financial Journeys of Refugees investigates what money and financial transactions can reveal about the journeys and experiences of forced migration. We examine money as a key node of the displacement experience: fueling transactions among formal and informal actors along the way; determining livelihood options; shaping or restructuring kinship networks; and coloring risks, vulnerabilities, or protective forces available to refugees. Our inquiry highlights these transactions and the power dynamics that unfold among refugees as well as between refugees and formal or informal authorities.

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Financial Journey of Refugees in the Mediterranean

What can money reveal about the experience of migration? This video, created by Charlie Bentley, highlights the groundbreaking research of Kim Wilson and Roxani Krystalli, using finance as a lens to understand migration journeys throughout the Mediterranean.

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The Other Migration, Part 1: Who and Why

As countries across the globe crack down on immigration, migrants and refugees are forced to uncover new travel routes in search of safety and stability. The Other Migration examines the journey of migrants from Africa and Asia as they travel across the world to South America and up through Central America. Part one of this three-part series examines who is traveling on this migration route and why.

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The Story of Precious

A nearly blind mother of three leaves Cameroon to travel alone through South and Mesoamerica in hopes of reaching the

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Archetypes of Escape #1: “I was in extreme danger where I was (or my family was)”

Includes: political, ethnic and religious violence; threat of conscription; household conflict; violence from land disputes and other violence; violence from

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Archetypes of Escape #2: “I felt compelled to escape grinding poverty and exploitation”

Includes: escape from debt; Juju; weakening incomes; exploitative work like sex work; indentured farm labor

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