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Mental health support to asylum seekers: what kind of support is most needed?

Imagine the (now nearly emptied) Calais “jungle” and mental healthcare services in one single sentence: your reaction would probably sound like “you wouldn’t know where to start”, for you are just a single person and Sisyphus was never your favourite character in epic poetry. But someone might decide to try, in spite of the hopelessness […]

What will it be like without the volunteers? The case of Soup and Socks in Greece’s refugee camps

  If you often wonder how so many people can survive without starving in the makeshift camps of asylum seekers in Greece, the answer is usually “volunteers”. Despite the very limited media coverage, a gigantic solidarity machine is wandering around across Europe. Some people reach Greece on their own and stop where there’s more need, solely relying […]

Manufacturing fashion: an opportunity for asylum-seekers

This year, the European Development Days 2016 that will take place in Brussels on June 15th and 16th will pay particular attention to migration dynamics and the reception and integration of asylum seekers in the European Countries. Within this framework, the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) and the Italian cooperative society Lai-momo will […]

“No one in the street” claims the Belgian Government, but is it really so? An interview with Nicolas Jacobs from Fedasil

The current European migration crisis has not left any country unscathed. Today we will focus on Belgium and in order to acquire a complete overview of the situation we interviewed Nicolas Jacobs, Deputy Director of the Legal Service of Fedasil. Fedasil represents a quite unique feature of the Belgium asylum system among the other Member […]

Guardianship for unaccompanied minors in the Netherlands: the role of Nidos

Political framework and general context In the Netherlands guardianship is arranged by a specific organization, Nidos, which is responsible for all unaccompanied minor asylum seekers (UMA). Nidos is an NGO, financed by the Ministry of Justice, with an independent board. At the beginning of the nineties, the Dutch Ministry of Justice appointed Nidos as a […]

Beyond the wall: Solidarity with migrants in Hungary

The voice of Migszol rises like a spark of solidarity in the night of the political and social xenophobic trends that Hungary is experiencing these days. As clearly defined in their Mission Statement, the purpose of this informal but steady gathering of Hungarians, migrants and refugees is to “advocate the realization of political and social […]

The cost of asylum seekers’ reception: Know the figures to avoid political manipulation

“Most boats and dinghies shipping migrants through the central Mediterranean Sea land on the Italian shores. The first and second reception of these people fleeing from distressing and perilous situations is mostly burdened by the Italian State, causing a conspicuous and unbearable draining of financial resources that could be used elsewhere for the Italians”. These […]

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