Jan 20, 2012

Immigration Reality: University Of Michigan Researcher Documents Belongings Left Behind While Crossing The Border

Huffington Post: "Not many people consider the human side of immigration, let alone take the time document the belongings of those left behind by the migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Worn sneakers, dirty backpacks and empty water bottles fill the Sonoran desert. Each object tells a story of struggle, hope and determination and it wasn't until recently that they were collected for anthropologists hoping to study the science behind migration phenomenon.

"This is not garbage" said Jason De Leon, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, "The goal of the project is to rigorously and systematically collect data on the social phenomenon of border crossing using the lens of anthropology to provide insight into the realities of this process."" read more

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