Tag Archives: european union

‘We want our country back’

It’s been a tumultuous year on both sides of the Atlantic and as 2016 draws to a close it appears that ‘we’ in the UK and US are on course to ‘get our countries back’. But are we really? And if so, what country is it that we’re getting back? Or, perhaps a better question […]

Shaping and Reshaping Identity on Immigrant and Refugee Receptivity

Europe is in a “polycrisis.” That was the theme of a workshop I recently attended, along with colleagues from Kennesaw State University, at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen, in Germany. “Polycrisis” in this case refers to the challenges faced by European Union (EU) member states, including financial problems, terrorist threats, and, in particular, the increase in […]

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 […]

Can we do it? A view of the refugee crisis response from Schorndorf, Germany

By Tina Kreitmayr I got back to Germany in September after a year abroad and I was very curious about the situation of refugees in my medium- sized, Southern German home town. I had heard all the great stories about public engagement in Berlin and Munich, but I did not quite know what to expect […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]