Ethical Dilemmas


An ethical tightrope? Balancing humanitarianism and equity in healthcare for irregular migrants

Civil society organisations (CSOs) play a key role in helping irregular migrants access health services, but in doing so, they walk an ethical tightrope. On one hand, driven by humanitarian impulses, they strive to alleviate suffering and provide essential health services. On the other, by stepping in where governments fail, they risk perpetuating inequities in […]

How to Measure the Rights of Irregular Migrants?  The Case for Implied Rights

Irregular migrants – those without the legal right to reside and work in host countries – are among the individuals most vulnerable to labour market exploitation and fundamental rights abuses. Developing effective policy solutions to address this reality requires, among other things, a better understanding of the current context of legal rights protections for irregular […]

Children in Boko Haram: Exploitation? Agency? Both?

In the heartland of Northeastern Nigeria, a violent conflict rages on. This strife, a clash between the Nigerian government and the insurgent group Boko Haram, has wreaked untold havoc and instigated displacement of over 2.2 million people in the region, wrenching families from their homes and fracturing communities.  As part of their brutal conflict, Boko […]

Refugees, Masculinity and Discrimination

There has long been a public debate about how Palestinian refugees handle the tension between their integration in Jordan and their commitment to the Palestinian national predicament. In Jordan, there is a widely-held collective opinion that camp dwellers nurture anti-government sentiments. Local authorities, in particular, describe camp dwellers – male adolescents and young men especially […]