The Netherlands is often seen as a country in which freedom, tolerance and human rights are celebrated and well-respected. Its citizens generally enjoy a very high level of well-being. But what about the refugees in the Netherlands? Do they benefit from this country’s supposed liberal and progressive values? Can they expect to receive the treatment…

The EU-Turkey deal was celebrated by politicians all around Europe as an example of successful European cooperation on a highly pressing issue. It seems to have been effective in discouraging illegal crossings from Turkey to Greece. But is this really a sustainable solution? And how can European countries share the burden of accommodating the hundreds…

Migrants in dire conditions, arriving at Europe’s borders, have been in the news for more than two years now. European states claim to be on top of the situation. But are they? Are they doing enough? And are they doing the right things? This is the first of a series of articles, in which we, members…

A young Sudanese man languishes on a fence next to the railway line that sunny July evening in Calais. In Sudan, perhaps he had been an engineer, an electrician or a teacher. Instead, in this sprawling mass of mud-caked tents and mobile homes, he is one of the estimated ten thousand[1] rendered reliant on volunteer…

The Liberal Government in Canada has been praised for its policy on Syrian Refugees this past year. Canada is known as a country that is accepting of new migrants; a policy of acceptance that is woven into the fabric of the country. Although the government and a large majority of the country’s population have accepted refugees,…

Sweden has in just over six months moved from taking in the highest number of refugees per capita to practically closing its borders. This turn was not unexpected to many international commenters, claiming that this was the inevitable result of the country’s generous asylum policies. However, as it turns out, Sweden closed its borders by…

Much has been thought, said and written recently about Germany’s asylum practice. Weekly or even daily, it seems, there are new facts and figures, proposals and demonstrations on whether to open or close borders, on humanitarian commitment and welcoming culture. When speaking with Germans or international observers, one is quite likely to hear their position…

The Syrian refugee crisis is the largest humanitarian disaster since WW2. 13.5 million people need humanitarian assistance within Syria. 4.6 million refugees are on the run from ISIS and the authoritarian regime of Syria. 6.6 million people are currently displaced within Syria: half of them are children. Countless lives have been lost at sea, and hundreds…

It a pleasure to address you on behalf of Dutch liberal democratic party D66. Today I was asked to share some thoughts with you regarding the recent Dutch no vote on the EU-Ukraine Association Treaty, the refugee crisis and finally global terrorism. Indeed, a fun-packed list for a speech! Let me start with a bit…

Fares and Hamada, two little boys that have so much in common. They share the innocence of every child. They just want to play on a playground with their friends, go to school, learn new things, explore  and be happy. The two of them also shared the misery of losing their home and maybe family…