Tag Archives: Europe

Refugees Welcome (Except For Afghans)

By Shala Gafary The powers that be clearly have a major case of cognitive dissonance when it comes to Afghanistan. Day by day, the Taliban grow increasingly bold in their attacks and are projected to gain more ground. ISIS terrorizes peaceful protests in Kabul. Pro-government forces are also to blame for killing innocents. Even the […]

Children of Men: The European refugee crisis is a European crisis of conscience

By P.J. Marcelino, with Maria João Ferreira and Natalia Lippmann Mazzaglia (This blog post is based on the authors’ chapter titled ‘Liminality and Migrant Decision-Making in the Aftermath of the Political and Refugee Crises in the Mediterranean, 2010-2013’, published in the book Understanding Migrant Decisions, Belachew Gebrewold and Tendayi Bloom, Eds. Routledge 2016. Special thanks […]

Losing souls to save face: the EU-Turkey deal

There are only six kilometres in the strait of Mytilene between Lesvos and the Ayvalik islands in Turkey. In the summer the deep blues of the eastern Aegean are complemented by a backdrop of lush green and yellow hills from the surrounding islands. In the winter the calm seas swell to short sharp waves as […]

A Janus-faced Europe awaits refugees in 2016

In late summer, as the refugee trail led to the heart of old Europe, tents and shelters started popping up in parks and woods across the continent. Suddenly the new reality of Europe’s proximity to war, hunger and suffering became clear to her populations. No longer were refugees confined to pictures of black dinghies and […]

Alan’s story: You Have the Power

The world awoke today to news that Alan Kurdi, the little boy whose lifeless body was found on a Turkish beach yesterday, was part of a Syrian refugee family who may have applied for asylum in Canada – and been rejected. Suddenly, both the bloody Syrian conflict and the international migration crisis have landed on […]

“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 […]

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 […]

‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ … almost fiction

‘We could all live on drugs, pee in our pants, drown in mud and puke sitting in the streets, covered with self-pity, if we really insist on indulging our hardships and scars, right?’ says R. No, he does not say it. He spits it, he yells, thunders it with his glass-blue eyes lightning through the […]

Immigration: Catalyst for Political Alchemy in France

By Josh Erb In recent years, the debate around immigration in France has cultivated the rise to prominence of an intriguing political figure. Manuel Valls, who was appointed Prime Minister in March of 2014, is himself a naturalized immigrant who acquired his French citizenship at the age of 20 in 1982. Born in Barcelona, Valls […]

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 […]