Futile debates around the Global Compact for Migration are a missed opportunity for all, EU migrants included
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 [...]
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 [...]
Non-formal education is critical for migrant children’s integration. It should be a policy priority!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Entrepreneurship enables refugees to positively interact with locals while being economically active
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Readmission of asylum seekers to Turkey: What that means for human rights and integration possibilities?
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 [...]