Changing how we refer to individuals in a group can significantly influence how we empathize with them, says psychologist Kurt Gray.   In a recent paper, Gray tested his theory of language-related empathy. The results showed that individuals had less sympathy towards “a…

Since the early 2000s, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden have developed a baffling condition known as uppgivenhetssyndrom, or resignation syndrome. When faced with impending deportation, patients fall into a coma-like state.   So far, the most effective treatment has…

US President Trump’s revised travel and refugee ban last week rolled back some features—like the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees entering the US—but keeps plenty of troubling provisions, including a 50,000 cap on refugees, argue Leonard Rubenstein of the Johns Hopkins…

The world has failed the people of Syria, writes Paul Spiegel, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health. To help the 11 million displaced there, and the 65 million forcibly displaced globally, we need to shake up the system, he says. He offers an Rx with…

President Trump issued a new executive order yesterday placing the US refugee resettlement program in limbo for 120 days—and blocking people from 6 Middle Eastern and North African countries from traveling to the US for 90 days.   Trump removed Iraq from the list in the…

Humanitarian organizations in Europe have ramped up efforts to help refugee scholars preserve their research and their livelihoods, with some groups that offer fellowships to displaced scientists reporting a spike in applications in recent years.  

Some of the world’s poorest countries are sheltering most the world’s forcibly displaced people. According to a new UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report, at least 3.2 million people were newly uprooted in the first half of 2016—including 1.7 million people displaced within…

Hundreds of thousands of unaccompanied children, most from Afghanistan and Syria, have sought asylum in Europe in recent years. New Yorker author Lauren Collins illustrates their plight through the life of 12-year-old Afghan refugee Wasil. Collins meets him in The Jungle, a…

Exploitative labor practices in Cambodian garment factories that produce fabric for brands such as H&M, Armani, Adidas and Gap are forcing the majority female workforce to live apart from their children. Women from the poverty-stricken provinces endure long commutes or…

The science community needs to “provide quality evidence” to inform policy makers about the effects of President Trump’s January 27 executive order banning travelers from 7 primarily Muslim countries, write 2 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health scholars in a…