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Category Archives: Think Tanks

Digital Humanitarianism: time to scale it up?

2015 and 2016 will probably be remembered as years fraught with astonishing technological innovations addressing the various needs of the refugee population arriving in the European Union. The flow of new avant-garde tools created by civil society organizations or individuals who are willing to provide some kind of help to asylum seekers and migrants, trying […]

“From Europe to local: Migrating Solidarity”

Very often, TVs and newspapers deal with asylum and migration as something that relates to the highly political spheres, such as national parliaments, governments and EU institutions. No doubt politicians at the European and national levels have the greatest say in the shaping of asylum and migration policies yet, for many other sectors, their implementation […]

Anti-migrant violence, hatred and sentiment in Europe in 2016

  Written by ENAR, the European Network Against Racism, member of the Asylum Corner Network On the occasion of World Refugee Day, ENAR is re-launching its interactive map of incidents of racist discourse and violence against migrants in EU Member States in 2016, including demeaning speeches by politicians, violence, anti-migrant demonstrations, and discriminatory practices by […]

Muslims in Europe: Questions and Answers

Written by ENAR, the European Network Against Racism, member of the Asylum Corner Network As anti-Muslim manifestations increase in Europe, particularly in the aftermath of the dreadful Paris and Brussels attacks, we clarify some misconceptions and answer some of the most frequent questions about Muslims in Europe. Q: Who are Muslim Europeans? Muslims have been […]

“Europe’s Gatekeeper”. Amnesty International’s insight on asylum seekers’ detention in Turkey

At the end of the year 2015 the European common migration policy has been dominated by the stiff conviction that, in order to solve the so called “migration crisis”, the Union should prevent them from crossing the European borders. From this perspective, the agreement signed last November 29th 2015 between the European Union and Turkey, […]

Bringing the voices of the refugees to Brussels: the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe

Since 1980 the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has worked on the dual commitment of providing relief to refugees all over the world and advocating for the improvement of their conditions. Working with more than 50 national divisions and 10 regional offices worldwide, the JRS represents one of the most widely spread and active confessional players […]

Legal Entry Channels for asylum seekers to be boosted according to FRA Report

  The deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea have reached record numbers in 2014, topping 3.000 casualties during the year. In order to address this calamitous situation, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has recently issued an easy-to-read toolbox dealing with the need to find new institutional and legal instruments, and boost […]

An International Opinion Tribunal for the migrant victims in the Mediterranean Sea

  “We must work on the institution of an International Opinion Tribunal for the new desaparecidos of the Mediterranean Sea”. This is the provocative call made by Enrico Calamai, former Italian vice-consul in Chile and Argentina during the dictatorship and, today, front-line activist in the field of migrants’ rights and awareness raising for the victims […]