Migration

The battle for the jus soli

Following the proposal by the Italian politician Enrico Letta, who recently became secretary of the Democratic Party, the debate on jus soli – namely the birthright citizenship, which allows anyone born in the territory of a State to nationality or citizenship – has been renewed in Italy. A new law for jus soli would be crucial for hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers that live in the country since birth but without having obtained citizenship yet. […]

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Access to Covid-19 vaccines for asylum seekers, migrants and refugees

Since the end of December 2020, most European Member states have started carrying out vaccination campaigns following specific orders of priority. European countries have defined targeted groups who should get priority in these vaccination campaigns. For instance, apart from health care and frontline workers, older persons over 80 years of age or essential staff working in schools and universities were identified as categories that should have priority access to vaccines. […]

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The Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to improve the EU’s approach to migrants

In a recent article, Maria Nyman, the Secretary General of Caritas Europa, underlined how strongly Covid-19 has shown the importance of migrants’ integration in Europe. Undoubtedly, migration and the subsequent inclusion of migrants into societies and labour markets are generally not fully understood by the host societies. […]

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Intersectionality between migrants and people with disabilities

Migrants and asylum seekers with disabilities often encounter and experience difficulties associated with the social, environmental and political barriers societies create and impose onto them. This adds up to the already existing challenges any migrant faces within the contemporary landscape. […]

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Lipa camp: an old story, a persistent violation of human rights

On 23rd December 2020, the Lipa camp in northwest Bosnia and Herzegovina was burned down and thousands of migrants living there are now trying to survive by relying on the solidarity of the civil society and looking for makeshift housing nearby […]

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The Detainment of the Sea-Watch 4: the Criminalization of NGO Search and Rescue

Since the beginning of 2020, approximately 1,000 people have died or gone missing in the Central Mediterranean in an attempt to reach Europe. On 12 November 2020, 74 people drowned off the coast of Libya when a raft carrying migrants sank. […]

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Migration: A Wrap Up of 2020

2020 has proven to be a year of great challenges for the European Union and its member states and citizens. While COVID-19 has spread across the Union, important policy developments have been brought forward by the European Commission in the policy field of migration. […]

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The Action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027: what implications for migrants?

On 24 November 2020, the European Commission has presented the Action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027, which outlines the approach that the EU will develop with a view to integration and social inclusion. […]

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The perpetuation of fear and disinformation around migration by the media in the EU

Images and videos of French police officers employing violence against migrants protesting in Place de la République in central Paris were broadcasted to the world on November 23. The protest in Paris was organised by humanitarian organizations to claim against the unjust displacement of hundreds of people and alert the public to the plight of migrants and refugees. […]

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The European complicity in Croatian border violence against migrants and asylum seekers

The major importance of the Balkan route in terms of migration towards Europe is internationally known. Nevertheless, the international regulations on the subject of asylum are heavily disregarded in this area by the local authorities. In the last years, the number of episodes of violence and abuses against migrants and refugees have been significantly growing. […]

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