Tag Archives: asylum seekers

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 […]

What about the individual? Arguing for a more human approach to migration reporting

This week the UK government committed £12 million to a joint intervention fund intended to support France in policing the UK border at Calais. As the closest port to the UK, Calais has been a transit point for migrants hoping to get to the UK from the Middle East, Asia and Africa for much of […]

Migrationist Monthly: Germany Edition

The beginning of April saw the launch of a new Berlin Institute for Empirical Research on Migration and Integration (BIM) at Humboldt University. Comprised of six specialist departments ranging from ‘Integration, Social Networks and Cultural Lifestyles’, to the migration-health nexus, it will also provide foundational research into migration and integration. Inquiry at BIM will be geared towards developing “basic […]

In and Out of Hungary: Migration Trends in a Central-European Country

A small Central-European country with an isolated language, frustrating historical background and escalating political affairs, Hungary has lately become a territory of constantly rewritten narratives of nation and migration. Although migration is of low intensity in Hungary, the topic itself is likely to become of increasing importance in a country with less than 10 million […]

Reaching Terraferma: Boat Migration to Southern Italy

Terraferma literally means “firm ground” and can be used to mean “dry land” or “mainland” in Italian.  Last week more than 230 migrants from Eritrea and Somalia died when their boat sank off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. The tragic incident provoked an out-pouring of blogs, articles and tweets across the world […]

Looking beyond the law: the insanity of refugee status determination

Is promoting the Refugee Convention a massive waste of time? As long as international refugee law is transposed at the national level to the personal and unreviewable judgements of adjudicators within quasi or non-judicial settings, such advocacy barely scratches the surface. So it follows that scrutinising the asylum adjudication process must be an urgent matter. But how to […]

Fast-tracked injustice

Detain (verb) /dɪˈteɪn/~ To keep (someone) in official custody, typically for questioning about a crime or in politically sensitive situations Immigrant detention facilities in the UK are some of the largest in Europe. There are currently 10 “immigration removal centres” and 17 “short holding centres” housing between two and three thousand immigrants at any one time. In the vast […]

Feeding the flames: Golden Dawn and the extreme right in Western Europe

The current recession is taking its toll across Europe, unemployment is rising and the bite of austerity measures is increasingly being felt amongst Europeans, particularly the young, old, the unemployed and the chronically ill or disabled. The recession also seems to have reignited Europe’s extreme right. The success both electorally as well as on ideologically of Golden […]