The situation of refugees in Greece : First impressions of my work as a volunteer

Greece is one of Europe´s Mediterranean countries. Over the last few years, the Mediterranean Sea has developed from a mere touristic attraction to a dangerous route for people who escape war and terrorism to enter Europe. After its financial, crisis…

8 Things You Might not Know about Refugees

There are over 68.5 million people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes – with 25.4 million of them being officially classified as refugees. Most have been displaced for years. Millions of refugees globally continue to…

How Nationalists Win the Debate on the UN Migration Pact

In his book Don’t think of an Elephant cognitive scientist George Lakoff explains how the language used in political debates often predetermines the outcomes of those debates. The reason for this is that different ways of describing something induce in…

The UN Migration Pact Affirms Human Rights: States Should Support It

Until a few weeks ago, nobody was talking about the ‘Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration’; a relatively unknown, non-binding UN document on international cooperation in the field of migration. In the last few weeks however, one state…

Why the EU-Turkey Deal Violates Fundamental Rights

Wars and conflicts have forced more people to flee their countries than any time since World War II. In Europe, more than a million migrants arrived in 2015, sparking a ‘migration crisis’ as countries struggled to cope with the numbers.…

The Australian Elections: a Mixed Result for Liberals

On the night of the early July election, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull waited till midnight to address the media. Despite enjoying sky-high approval ratings after toppling former Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a party-room coup, a series of concessions to…

Let the Right Lesson be Learnt from Sweden – Simon Härnqvist

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…

Refugees in Germany: the Asylum Process – Nathalia Schomerus

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.…