December 2017

New Human Rights Watch report draws attention to unhygienic and unsanitary conditions in the Moria hotspot on Lesbos island


Asylum-seeking women and girls have detailed cases of harassment, the threat of gender-based violence, and health risks in a new HRW report. Such conditions were found to have resulted from poor hygiene and sanitation facilities, insufficient security, and failures in the system to identify and address the needs of vulnerable people. In a statement on [...]

CJEU: Member States responsible for deciding the specific conditions of the remedies available to visa applicants


The CJEU in its judgment from 13 December reaffirmed that EU legislature left Member States with the responsibility of deciding the nature and specific conditions of the remedies available to visa applicants.  At the same time though, it held that national procedural autonomy is subject to the principles of “equivalence” and “effectiveness” necessary to ensure [...]

IOM makes key recommendations to Bulgaria as the incoming Presidency of the Council of the EU


The first part of 2018 will be critical for defining migration policy globally. Specifically, the international community will come together to adopt a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and a Global Compact on Refugees in September 2018, with the aim of  addressing the challenges associated with today’s migration, and strengthening the contribution [...]

Promoting access to education and labour market: key to ensuring social inclusion of third country nationals, says faith-based NGO Eurodiaconia


High numbers of migrant arrivals have fuelled a sense of competition over social assistance and created feelings of insecurity. Rising xenophobia and populism is seen as a reaction to migrant flow, inspiring additional barriers and challenging integration. This was a key message underlined by Eurodiaconia in its policy paper titled: “Towards an Effective Integration of [...]

New Austrian coalition pact directed at security and strict immigration policy


Austria's newly formed conservative and far-right coalition government pledged on Saturday 16 December to take a hard-line approach to migration and adopt stronger domestic security measures. OVP’s leader Sebastian Kurz and FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache told reporters that the new government would give priority to measures that strengthen internal security, adding that they would prepare [...]

Split over migration policy dominates talk in EU Summit


Recent EU summit (14-15 December) was marked by bitter divisions over migration policy and refugee allocation quotas. On the one hand, European Council President Donald Tusk has described the quotas as “divisive” and an “ineffective” tool to stem the migration flow. On the other hand, the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, whose country has struggled [...]

Demonstrators on 13 December called for a reformed and fairer European migration policy


Photo-CNCD In recent years, European policies have been marked by securitisation of borders, migration control and agreements aimed at preventing migrants from travelling to Europe. The EU-Turkey agreement, and the agreement between Libya and Italy are the most striking examples of this strategy. Amid this context, the National Development Cooperation Centre-(CNCD) organised a summit on [...]

Rebuilding Futures: Key to helping refugees contribute to reconstruction of local economies


The key challenges pertaining to access to higher education, developing entrepreneurship and promoting sustainable leadership amongst young people in conflict-affected regions were key issues discussed at length during the 5th edition of the IGNITE conference, held on Thursday 7 December in Amsterdam. This conference was organised by Spark in partnership with the International Finance Corporation [...]

European Migration Commissioner: A comprehensive approach to migration should ensure policies which promote inclusion and integration


  Migration is a “political” “emotional” and “sensitive” issue, which has helped shape election results across Europe and beyond. At the same time, though, discussions on migration cannot simply focus on “crisis management,” rather such discussions should think in terms of more long-term strategies, where policies should be put in place which aim at promoting [...]

Migrant workers on Irish boats suffer from wider range of abuses, according to new research


Fishing is a key industry in Ireland, sustaining communities and towns around our coasts and is also increasingly dependent on the work of skilled migrant workers throughout the world. However, new research has revealed that migrant workers on Irish fishing boats are confronted with various forms of exploitation including long working hours, underpayment of wages [...]

France: Difficulties of debating racism in the spotlight as feminist forced off advisory body


A row over race has erupted in France after high-profile feminist and anti-racism campaigner Rokhaya Diallo was forced off a government advisory body, resulting in the resignation of the director and scores of members Journalist Rokhaya Diallo has repeatedly criticised what she describes as “institutional racism” in France, notably police stop and search practices against [...]

Immigrants and minority ethnic groups continue to face widespread discrimination across the EU, says new EU Agency report


Immigrants, descendants of immigrants, and minority ethnic groups continue to experience widespread discrimination across the EU and in all areas of life despite the adoption in 2000 of EU laws that prohibit discrimination. While individuals feel that their ethnic or immigrant background is the core reason for facing discrimination, they identify their names, skin colour [...]