December 2018

Equality Bodies in the spotlight: Independent and effective actors for change?

2018-12-27T15:50:07+00:00

Almost 20 years after the adoption of EU legislation to eradicate discrimination, the reality for immigrants, ethnic groups and many other minorities in Europe is far from discrimination-free. As the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s EU-MIDIS II survey shows, discrimination is still widespread and it is therefore crucial that concrete action is taken on national and [...]

Equality Bodies in the spotlight: Independent and effective actors for change?2018-12-27T15:50:07+00:00

Reclaim our right to help! Fight the criminalisation of humanitarian aid

2018-12-27T15:50:26+00:00

The last time I saw my friend Seán was at our graduation in December 2017. Dressed in our gowns and strolling through the corridors of the university, Seán was telling me about his latest adventures—from volunteering for Amnesty Ireland to his plan of offsetting carbon by planting trees. I was thrilled to hear that he [...]

Reclaim our right to help! Fight the criminalisation of humanitarian aid2018-12-27T15:50:26+00:00

The migrant kids left at the back of the class

2018-12-21T15:46:21+00:00

Too many European countries are leaving students, teachers and schools on their own. This year, the UN’s global report on education focused on migrant and refugee children. According to UNESCO, migrant and refugee children in the world today could fill half a million classrooms—an increase of 26% since 2000. In most developed countries, at least [...]

The migrant kids left at the back of the class2018-12-21T15:46:21+00:00

Futile debates around the Global Compact for Migration are a missed opportunity for all, EU migrants included

2018-12-19T16:36:50+00:00

The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was not supposed to be controversial. It is the first international framework to help countries achieve mutual goals on international migration, like combatting human trafficking or making sure that all migrants have adequate identity documents, which are difficult—or more likely impossible—to accomplish alone. But despite its nonprovocative [...]

Futile debates around the Global Compact for Migration are a missed opportunity for all, EU migrants included2018-12-19T16:36:50+00:00

Humanitarian Corridors: the need for safe and legal pathways to Europe

2018-12-14T12:21:06+00:00

Community sponsorship has started to emerge across Europe to provide safe and legal ways for people in need of protection to enter Europe. One of the most successful models so far is the ‘Humanitarian Corridor’, started in Italy in 2015 and recently launched in France and Belgium. One such community is Protestant Church-Museum in the [...]

Humanitarian Corridors: the need for safe and legal pathways to Europe2018-12-14T12:21:06+00:00

November 2018

Non-formal education is critical for migrant children’s integration. It should be a policy priority!

2018-12-14T14:02:05+00:00

Language classes, sports and arts activities, computer skills training, or museum visits—these are all examples of non-formal education (NFE). They complement or provide alternatives to the formal education that children receive in schools. Non-formal education can have a huge impact on child development. It boosts self-esteem, promotes communication skills, provides a link between formal education [...]

Non-formal education is critical for migrant children’s integration. It should be a policy priority!2018-12-14T14:02:05+00:00

April 2018

Refugee children: What is keeping them out of schools?

2018-12-03T16:39:27+00:00

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 [...]

Refugee children: What is keeping them out of schools?2018-12-03T16:39:27+00:00

March 2018

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

2018-12-03T16:37:30+00:00

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 [...]

Disability and asylum: 3 key measures the Global Compact for Migration should commit to2018-12-03T16:37:30+00:00

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

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

Refugees with Disabilities: A stigmatised and often hidden group

2018-06-22T13:23:13+00:00

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 [...]

Refugees with Disabilities: A stigmatised and often hidden group2018-06-22T13:23:13+00:00