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The European response to the Mediterranean refugee crisis: an update

By Mirijam Beutke 2015 has seen record numbers of refugees attempting to cross into Europe by sea. By mid-April, over 21,000 had arrived in Italy and at least 1,720 refugees had died trying to reach European shores. Within one week alone, between 12 and 19 April, more than 1,000 refugees travelling primarily from Libya, drowned […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Because migrating is a necessity”: Refugee protest in Germany

Oranienplatz in Kreuzberg district, Berlin, is a wide square surrounded by residential buildings and crossed by two lanes of car traffic. On its edges, trees are losing their last leaves and small shops shine their lights into the grey afternoon. The centre of the open space is occupied by a number of long tents that […]

Thoughts on Migration in Europe – thriving and surviving in an unequal utopia

Z. speaks English in an accent that is not easy to place. He manages to mumble and be charming at the same time. His clean-shaven face, silver necklace, gelled short black hair and tracksuit do not make it easier to assume anything about his origin – only stereotypes of migrant Middle Eastern youth in Europe […]

Infantalising gender in anti-human trafficking policy: demand change

by Kathryn Baer and Caroline Parkes of The Trafficking Research Project In honor of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day, which is October 18th Included within the European Union Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012-2016, announced in June of this year, are five priority areas, the second of which is: prevention of human trafficking including the […]