Tag Archives: asylum seekers

Refugees Welcome: A Look at How Spain is Handling the Current European Refugee Crisis

By Paul Stern Amidst the current coverage of the European refugee crisis one would be hard pressed to find too many examples of European governments being overwhelmingly supportive of incoming refugees. Mixed with anti-immigration policy stances, some elected officials have shown no regard for the humanitarian crisis faced by millions of individuals fleeing their home […]

Violating the Prohibition on Refoulement: How The US and Europe Fail Treaty Obligations in the Wake of Mass Migration

By Rosemary Laughton In French, refoulement means to drive back or reject. In law, refoulement is defined as the expulsion of someone who has the right to be recognized as a refugee. It is considered an offense so grave that international bodies expressly have prohibited it through treaties. In the wake of displacement after World […]

Morning at Moria: Hope and despair at a Greek centre for processing refugees

By Smaro Pegiou Last July, I had the opportunity to visit the Moria First Reception Centre (Moria camp) for asylum seekers. They are arriving in massive numbers by boat to Mytileni, the main port of the Greek island of Lesvos. Located in the northeastern Aegean Sea, Lesvos is very close to the Turkish coast, making it […]

“Swarms” from “the Jungle”: Calais and the new refugee reality

By Alex Johnson Make no mistake, what’s happening at the Channel Tunnel entrance in Calais is not a temporary crisis. This is not a short term problem, a blip before a return to regular programming. From Lesvos to Lampedusa, from Ceuta to Calais, the flow of desperate people seeking refuge from war and hunger shows […]

Do Refugee Rights Privilege the Persecuted?

The term ‘refugee’ has been used for hundreds, if not thousands, of years to generally mean ‘a person who has sought refuge’. The legal definition, set by the 1951 Refugee Convention, is far less flexible in who it does and does not apply to, and subsequently afford rights to. Article 1 of the Convention defines a […]

The Razor-Wire Curtain: Europe’s New Anti-Migrant Fences

By Alex Johnson Next month will mark the 26th anniversary of the ‘Pan-European Picnic’, a day that changed the face of Europe. On 19 August 1989, Communist Hungary stopped policing its border with Austria, allowing some 600 East Germans holidaying at Lake Balaton to cross over to the West. Soon after, the Hungarian authorities officially […]

“Let them slash their wrists”: Abuse and Detention in the UK Asylum System

By Alex Johnson “They are all slashing their wrists apparently. Let them slash their wrists.” These are the words of a guard at Yarl’s Wood asylum detention centre captured by an undercover film broadcast in March. Staff at the facility were recorded referring to detainees as “animals” and “bitches” while encouraging violence and racism. Following […]

Whose ‘home’ is here? Equal access to education in the UK

Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Despite declarations […]

The End of Germany’s Residenzpflicht through the Municipal Example

by Kelly M. Miller Out of the 28 member states of the European Union, Germany currently accepts the greatest number of applicants for asylum. Relative to its population – the greatest in the EU – and robust economy, Germany’s contribution to the EU’s more recent attempts to better share the financial burden of refugees equally across […]

What We Need to Learn from the Tragedy in the Mediterranean: The Migrationist talks one-on-one with the UN’s independent expert on the human rights of migrants

In his day job, François Crépeau is a teacher and researcher. As the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Professor in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, he researches and writes about migration control mechanisms, the rights of foreigners, the conceptualization of security as it applies to migrants, and […]