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2604, 2018

Refugee children: What is keeping them out of schools?

April 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Easter break is over and most pupils across Europe are now back to school. Sadly, school is just a distant memory for some of the 1 million children who have applied for asylum in Europe since 2015. No classroom, no homework and no playground for up to 4 years! Those children need to be [...]

903, 2018

Disability and asylum: 3 key measures the Global Compact for Migration should commit to

March 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Friday 9 March marked the beginning of the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games. During the next few days, hundreds of athletes living with an impairment will inspire the world with their outstanding performances. This is the perfect time to call policy-makers to take the necessary measures to improve disabled people’s living conditions, notably those fleeing to safety. Years [...]

1502, 2018

Tech innovation revolutionising the way refugees are perceived and how they are integrated

February 15th, 2018|

By: Vicki McKenna Syrian refugees shop at the main market in the Zaatari refugee camp Photo: World Economic Forum After six years of conflict in Syria, 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside the country, including 6.3 million internally displaced (IDPs). Nearly 5 million people are also living in “hard to reach and [...]

2501, 2018

Entrepreneurship enables refugees to positively interact with locals while being economically active

January 25th, 2018|

By: Vicki McKenna   As part of Oxfam’s livelihood programme, some 130 women have been trained in sewing techniques over the past two months, learning how to design practical handbags (Photo by Camille Dupire) Migrants face a range of challenges when setting up entrepreneurial activities, which in many cases are interlinked and can stem from [...]

2212, 2017

Challenging living conditions in Greek hotspots due to a mix of overcrowding and … winter

December 22nd, 2017|

By: Vicki McKenna Entrance into the Moria hotspot in Lesbos, Greece, where children registered as adults are accommodated with unrelated adult single men, exposed to very poor living conditions, including overcrowding, inadequate sanitation, and frequent incidents of violence. © 2017 Thanos Tsantas for Human Rights Watch The recent surge in the refugee and migrant arrivals has resulted [...]

1512, 2017

Refugees with Disabilities: A stigmatised and often hidden group

December 15th, 2017|

By: Vicki McKenna On October 17, Special Olympics has brought together thought leaders in the industry to discuss the most vulnerable and least served population within the global displacement crisis in Brussels, Belgium Photo-Special Olympics Europe-Eurasia All refugees face enormous hardship when fleeing their country of origin whether on account of conflict, persecution, political or [...]

3011, 2017

Readmission of asylum seekers to Turkey: What that means for human rights and integration possibilities?

November 30th, 2017|

By: Vicki McKenna UNHCR branded tarps are seen covering  tents and plastic containers during an evening in December 2016. Recent research into the readmission of asylum seekers to Turkey under the EU-Turkey Statement has shed light on key concerns, such as discrimination on the grounds of nationality and barriers to effective human rights monitoring. Likewise, implementation of [...]

2009, 2017

Too little, too late: The two reasons why our governments failed to implement the EU asylum system that citizens want

September 20th, 2017|

At the beginning of September, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) affirmed that all EU Member States are legally obligated to relocate eligible asylum-seekers who arrive in Greece and Italy until the end of this month (26 September). With the legal analysis over, it is now time to ask whether this pilot relocation system has [...]

1906, 2017

Policymakers: Be as bold as your constituents and support a welcoming Europe!

June 19th, 2017|

The number of immigrants moving to and settling in Europe has increased over the past decade, and so has the openness of Europeans to migrants and especially to refugees. Perhaps surprisingly, despite the rhetoric spouted by some politicians, voters have not turned against people immigrating or seeking asylum, neither after the 2008 economic crisis nor [...]

3105, 2017

Will Hungary’s detention practices put an end to the Common European Asylum System?

May 31st, 2017|

The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is today much less ‘common’ than it used to. Large-scale arrivals of refugees in 2015 have tempted Member States, starting with Hungary, to act unilaterally and in complete violation of EU rules.  Are Hungary’s unpunished waves of massive detention paving the way for other national governments to openly violate EU regulations? Would [...]