602, 2019

Why a far-right surge won’t change EU migration policy

February 6th, 2019|

Migration looks to be the biggest topic for voters in the European Parliament elections in May. The most recent Eurobarometer survey shows that 40 percent of Europeans consider immigration to be one of the two most important issues facing the EU - the highest reported of all issues, and far ahead of terrorism (20 percent) [...]

2712, 2018

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

December 27th, 2018|

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 [...]

2112, 2018

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

December 21st, 2018|

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 [...]

1912, 2018

The migrant kids left at the back of the class

December 19th, 2018|

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 [...]

1112, 2018

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

December 11th, 2018|

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 [...]

1112, 2018

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

December 11th, 2018|

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 [...]

2911, 2018

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

November 29th, 2018|

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 [...]

2604, 2018

Refugee children: What is keeping them out of schools?

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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 [...]