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February 2018

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

2018-06-22T13:18:22+00:00

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 [...]

Tech innovation revolutionising the way refugees are perceived and how they are integrated2018-06-22T13:18:22+00:00

January 2018

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

2018-06-18T18:24:14+00:00

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 [...]

Entrepreneurship enables refugees to positively interact with locals while being economically active2018-06-18T18:24:14+00:00

December 2017

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

2017-12-23T13:27:11+00:00

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 [...]

New Human Rights Watch report draws attention to unhygienic and unsanitary conditions in the Moria hotspot on Lesbos island2017-12-23T13:27:11+00:00

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

2017-12-23T13:23:22+00:00

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 [...]

CJEU: Member States responsible for deciding the specific conditions of the remedies available to visa applicants2017-12-23T13:23:22+00:00

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

2017-12-23T13:20:47+00:00

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 [...]

IOM makes key recommendations to Bulgaria as the incoming Presidency of the Council of the EU2017-12-23T13:20:47+00:00

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

2017-12-23T13:18:04+00:00

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 [...]

Promoting access to education and labour market: key to ensuring social inclusion of third country nationals, says faith-based NGO Eurodiaconia2017-12-23T13:18:04+00:00

New Austrian coalition pact directed at security and strict immigration policy

2017-12-23T12:59:35+00:00

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 [...]

New Austrian coalition pact directed at security and strict immigration policy2017-12-23T12:59:35+00:00

Italian MEP criticises Hungarian migration policy and emphasises need for solidarit

2017-12-23T12:54:28+00:00

Those fleeing from war should be granted asylum according to basic principles, and legal avenues should be opened up for economic migration, said European Social Democrat leader, Gianni Pittella in an interview on Saturday 2 December. In the same interview, Pittella condemned Hungary’s migration policy, as he emphasised the need to keep the principle of [...]

Italian MEP criticises Hungarian migration policy and emphasises need for solidarit2017-12-23T12:54:28+00:00

Split over migration policy dominates talk in EU Summit

2017-12-23T12:29:18+00:00

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 [...]

Split over migration policy dominates talk in EU Summit2017-12-23T12:29:18+00:00

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

2017-12-23T12:20:46+00:00

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 [...]

Demonstrators on 13 December called for a reformed and fairer European migration policy2017-12-23T12:20:46+00:00

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

2017-12-22T12:37:50+00:00

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 [...]

Rebuilding Futures: Key to helping refugees contribute to reconstruction of local economies2017-12-22T12:37:50+00:00

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

2018-06-22T09:14:09+00:00

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 [...]

Challenging living conditions in Greek hotspots due to a mix of overcrowding and … winter2018-06-22T09:14:09+00:00