It’s hard to believe that we are already nearing the end of Season 2 of the Collateral Repair Podcast. This episode takes place not in Jordan, but in Serbia and along the U.S.-Mexico border. Wait, what??

If you prefer to go straight to the episode released today, here is the link. If you are hungry for words, keep reading.

Do you remember when I told you about Sahar’s story in Episode 3 of the Collateral Repair Podcast? (If you don’t, now is a great time to refresh). Sahar fled Sudan with her husband for one of the Gulf states. They spent several years there, but times were tough and there was no path to resettlement–so they packed up and came to Jordan.

This is not an uncommon story. Many Yemeni, Somali, and Sudanese refugees spent years in other countries before coming to Jordan.

And when I lived and worked with refugees in Serbia, I met Syrians who’d lived in Jordan and Lebanon, Afghans who’d tried to settle in Türkiye, and Burundians who’d grown up in Tanzania.

More recently, in the U.S. city of El Paso, I met Venezuelans who’d fled Colombia, and heard about people from China and Mauritania who’d flown halfway around the world to trek through Central America.

What do all of these criss-crossing paths tell us? Well, it reveals that many people flee their home countries only to find their place of refuge just as inhospitable–which further tells us that very few countries are upholding their responsibilities to the world’s displaced.

In Jordan, most refugees can’t work. In Serbia, refugees will never get a passport. And at the U.S.-Mexico border, people who’ve survived harrowing journeys find that their asylum procedure will likely take years.

These broken systems aren’t just inhumane–they create the chaos that politicians then too often blame on the people who are fleeing.

At CRP, we do our best to create a space for our community–for however long they might be with us. And indeed, we know that many–perhaps most–don’t want to stay in Jordan and instead hope for resettlement.

No one should have to flee their country, but when they do, one move should be enough, don’t you think? That is far from the system we have now, and we long for the day when global migration policies provide real pathways for people to restart their lives.

Want more? Head on over to Spotify and listen to Episode 6 of the Collateral Repair Podcast, where I talk to refugees and activists in Serbia and Texas. We try to get a handle on the current state of global migration policy and how we can make it better.

As always, thanks for listening.

Zach Goodwin

Communications and Fundraising Intern