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Immigration: Why We Are Coming with Yasin Kakande

Updated: May 19, 2020

From veteran journalist, Yasin Kakande, expelled from two Middle East countries because of his daunting investigative reporting, comes the real story of why Africans flee their beloved homelands for unfamiliar and uncertain surroundings with his book, Why We Are Coming. Host Siri Phaneendra talks with Yasin about his amazing journey to combat corporate greed, exploitation, political greed, and the plight of migrants worldwide. Economic, social, and political conditions in his own country of Uganda made living there impossible. Yasin provides glimpse of the migrant crisis and asks us to acknowledge that migrants need to be allowed to live and work legally in a country to be productive citizens. Siri also offers a method to meditation and shares her family’s exodus from India and their struggle to become US citizens. Why We Are Coming is a book that sheds a light on a very vulnerable population. Immigrants have always added value to the economy and culture of a country. America was built by immigrants.

BIO: Yasin Kakande is an International journalist, migrant activist TED Fellow and author of a new book on the historical and contemporary reasons for African immigration, Why We Are Coming. As a migrant from Uganda, first in the Middle East and now in the U.S., Kakande strives to fill in a migrant’s voice in the ongoing global debate over refugees and migrants. His previous two books The Ambitious Struggle (2013) and Slave States (2015) chronicled the abuses and exploitation of migrants, who work in the Middle East. He works as a freelance international journalist, including assignments for Thomson Reuters and Al Jazeera, and is a frequent contributor to many digital publications and websites.

Read his article in the Boston Globe on Immigrant Caregivers on the frontlines to fight Covid 19.


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