Politics of Poverty

Ideas and analysis from Oxfam America's policy experts


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We demand to know: Why deny COVID-19 vaccines to detained migrants?

The border between Mexico and the US has become a nightmare of our own making. Thousands of refugees desperately seeking asylum are facing impossible odds: either detained in squalid and dangerous conditions on one side, or expelled back to Mexico, facing the likelihood of violent or even deadly assault. Now the US government is refusing to offer vaccines to all refugees in its custody, exacerbating the danger to them and prolonging the pandemic for all of us. We are working to shine a spotlight into the darker corners of our government’s operations, with a request for full information about this perverse decision.

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COVID, colonialism, and a call to shift power

When the COVID-19 crisis began last year, many expats ran back to their home countries, leaving local aid providers taking all the risks at the front lines. Despite this, the voices of local actors are still not afforded enough respect.

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What the sluggish vaccine rollout means to migrant workers

When migrant workers can’t get vaccinated, they don’t get hired. It’s one more way that the COVID-19 crisis is driving poor people deeper into poverty, and one more reason to quickly ramp up access to vaccines in countries that are struggling to turn the tide on the pandemic.

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