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The European Union’s migration crisis: An Italian view

The city of Bologna bears a glowing beauty in July. Temperatures rise beyond 30°C in the late morning and refuse to drop until past midnight. All buildings shine in shades of yellow, orange and ochre. Walking along Via Saragozza, I come past young Black men standing under the arches of the Portico that shades the […]

Strong partnership with North Africa lacking but necessary in Europe’s refugee response

By Luca Orfanò When on 3 October 2013, a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa, the entire world witnessed the ineptitude of the world’s richest continent in front of a group of terrorized and desperate refugees. That night, more than 350 women, children and men lost their […]

The EU-Turkey Deal and its Nightmarish Face

By Minem Marouf Dear Friends, this is a call for help. I have been on Lesvos with #HumanityCrew leading a wonderful team of Palestinian volunteers providing psychosocial support among other assistance to refugees arriving to the island by what could only be called ‘the death trip’ from the shores of Turkey. As it is, there […]

How will perceptions of migration influence Britain’s EU referendum?

According to Professor John Curtice from the University of Strathclyde, Britain’s EU referendum is likely to be decided in relation to two ‘poles’ of debate: the economy and immigration. However, if Simon Tilford of The Centre for European Reform is to be believed: If Britain votes to leave the EU it will be because of […]

Here at Moria Camp

By Karim Ani Dear Mom: There’s a strong wind blowing in from the south. This could make the seas choppy for inbound refugees, many of whom don’t know how to swim. In addition to illness and injury, drownings are a big problem here. I attended a burial yesterday of twelve bodies, and evidently there are […]

Refugee Quota: the end of the EU or the beginning of collective humanitarianism

By Kelly M. Miller  “Although I’m an optimist, these days, a lot of people have doubts about whether this kind of Europe still has a chance… We are currently witnessing in real time what a continent looks like which has no common ground, which has no Europe, no union.” These words from EU Commission president […]

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 […]

Blood amid the strawberries: Greece’s migrants and the struggle for dignity

By Alex Johnson According to Greek mythology as the beautiful but mortal Adonis bled to death in the arms of Aphrodite, the Goddess wept tears of small red hearts, or strawberries. If you’ve ever tasted a Greek strawberry, it most likely came from the fruit fields of Manolada. The vast rural plain in the western […]

Migration and the European elections: a view from Copenhagen

Outside my office window a new Copenhagen University building is going up: cranes swirling, high-pitched whistles and flashes of neon safety jackets. I’ve already taken to calling the building the tower of Babel – if you look here you can see why. Numerous workers waiting outside the gates of the construction site wait to be […]