These in-depth pieces that examine different aspects of the migrant/refugee crisis that is transforming politics, economics, and more across multiple continents. First, read about the conditions in West Africa that are driving so many to travel north for opportunity. Although refugees from war-torn and authoritarian countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, and Eritrea often make more headlines, huge numbers of those trying anything to get to Europe are from West Africa. Then read about the arduous journey many of those leaving West Africa and Syria face to get to Europe, what happens to many of them once they get there, and the vast criminal networks that underpin it all. Finally, read about different grassroots efforts to help refugees, with small windows into three different kinds of refugee assistance in Italy, and a one-man “underground railway” into France.