Tag Archives: Frontex

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]