Written by Staff Writer
Meahr Doi is one of those faces at the crossroads of modern migration. Based in Sweden, the 30-year-old transgender woman now lives in Hungary — where she has received threats of violence from local authorities and is being investigated for alleged passport fraud.
On Sunday she was one of several asylum seekers to speak at an event by the World Association of Refugees on “To Borders or Not to Borders” — the theme of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos. Doi’s words — supported by emotional testimony from a number of other speakers — were intended to highlight the challenges of gathering asylum seekers’ stories from these displaced people and adapting them to general policy.
Doi’s story is one of a growing number which has become better known in recent years. Though most arrivals continue to be made to western Europe, poorer neighboring countries, including Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine, have seen a surge in arrivals in recent years. The perception is that the countries on either side of the common border are trying to shut its borders, rather than accept the demands of asylum seekers.