Tag Archives: refugee crisis

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 […]

In Lesvos: a warm welcome to a cold winter

Please, lady, don’t choose the Ugg boots, anything but the goddamn Ugg boots. I’m in the clothes tent at a cliff-side refugee transit camp in Lesvos, Greece. It’s a slow day, so the Iraqi-Kurdish lady has time to pick out which shoes she’d like. Having just clambered out of dodgy boats, most refugees come to […]

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 […]

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 […]

A cleaning day at Moria camp, Lesvos

Everyone says today is eerily quiet. “Sinister” one other volunteer says. I wouldn’t know: this is my first visit to Moria – a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. Filled with thousands of refugees just days before, almost all of them have moved on. What’s more, the incoming boats have paused (update: I […]

Yemen’s Water Collapse: The Impending Arabian Human Migration Crisis

By Adela Jones Environmental stressors present a series of challenges on global migration patterns due to their affect on human survivability. Variations in accessibility to vital natural resources, such as freshwater and arable land for crop production, are natural climatic fluctuations likely to be exacerbated by anthropogenic climate change. Periodic droughts are expected to become […]

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 […]

Why all media outlets need to follow Al Jazeera’s example and start talking about Europe’s ‘refugee crisis’ right now

A couple of weeks back, Al Jazeera announced its new editorial policy to no longer use the word ‘migrant’ in the context of the European ‘migrant crisis’ and instead, use the term ‘refugee’. The justification for the decision, as stridently articulated by Al Jazeera’s online editor Barry Malone, is that: ‘The umbrella term migrant…has evolved […]