Migration

The New Pact on Migration: a real change or a hidden preservation of the past approach?

“So let’s stop talking it down, and let’s get to work for it. […] Let’s build the world we want to live in. Long live Europe!” With these words, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen closed her speech on the State of the Union held on the 16th September 2020. In this speech, the President announced the forthcoming release of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. […]

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Memento Moria – The urgent need for reforming asylum in Europe

The recent fire outbreak in the largest Greek migrant camp on the island of Lesvos accentuated the harsh reality many migrants and refugees have been facing over the past years. Images of people running from the fire, sleeping on the streets and walking amid the burned camp should reawaken the European conscience and responsibility to act in front of a dangerous threat for human rights and individuals’ dignity. […]

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Violent pushbacks of migrants at Greek borders – Where is Europe?

On 1 March 2020, Greece suspended the right to seek asylum. Additionally, they announced that they would increase border security to prevent the entry of migrants, and summarily deport the ones entering illegally into Greek territory. […]

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How has COVID-19 changed migratory movements in Europe and in the world? – The social and political controversies behind migration

COVID-19 has posed several challenges on migratory movements. At the end of June, among the 11,300 people who had tried to cross the sea from Libya, 50% had been sent back and disembarked in Libyan ports. […]

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EU-Turkey Agreement. A problem of capacity or politics?

In 2015, around one million refugees and migrants reached Europe by Sea. People from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq were forcibly displaced from their home countries due to war and conflict and came to Europe through Turkey to seek Asylum. Many of them, however, lost their lives in their journey to Greece in the Aegean Sea. […]

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The Italian Decreto Missioni: a new agreement, an old habit

On 16th July 2020, in almost total silence and disinterest, the Italian Chamber of Deputies approved the so-called Decreto Missioni (“Missions Decree”). With this political decision, Italy renewed its strategic interest in Africa and, in particular, its support to the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG), a military body responsible for controlling the Libyan borders and combating irregular migration from its shores. […]

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The protection of migrant workers from exploitation in the EU

The European Union has developed a solid legal framework that clearly proscribes labour exploitation and promotes equal opportunities and access to the labour market. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union prohibits slavery and forced labour (Art. 5). Further, it promotes fair and just working conditions to protect workers, their dignity, health and safety (Art. 31). […]

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“We are a welcoming Europe, let us help” – the European Citizens’ Initiative for the welcoming of migrants

The European Citizens’ Initiatives is an instrument of participatory democracy that European citizens can use to submit a proposal to the Commission. In particular, the initiative named “We are a welcoming Europe, let us help” has been submitted by European citizens with the goal of asking the European Commission for a common and more comprehensive European law on immigration. […]

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The Migration-Development nexus

Some experts argue that European governments have played a central role in framing refugees’ and migrants’ arrivals to European countries as a crisis. This framing of the topic has often grabbed the headlines. This framing is strategically used by several right-wing parties to foster a stigmatized categorization of migrants […]

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Where does the European Union stand on Migrant Integration Policy?

Most Member States are experiencing migratory phenomena and are confronted with integration challenges. Today, there are around 22 million third country nationals legally residing in the EU. Evidence shows that they tend to be to disproportionally affected by unfavourable outcomes in terms of education, employment and access to basic services. […]

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