Few issues excite controversy like immigration, in part because it touches on so many other questions — economics, demographics, politics, national security, culture, language and even religion. That’s way it’s important to go beyond the rhetoric and get to the facts and realities of international migration.
It’s easy to walk past the hostel in this unglamorous corner of Paris without noticing it. Open the doors and walk in, however, and the grey city street gives way to a very different world. This is Mali, or something close to it. In the hallways, men hang around in groups talking to each other. Some wear traditional boubou, or tunics, in deep blues and yellows; others wear cheap, faded ...