Ghettoization, Insecurity & Destabilization: the Refugee Crisis in Southeast Europe & South Caucasus This paper is the product of IISA research and HOLDS Foundation fieldwork in refugee camps/sites. By exploring both the causes of the refugee crisis — particularly post-Communist history of the Balkans and Southern Caucasus regions — and effects the crisis has had on host […]PublishedAugust 8th, 2017 Author Legacy
The defeat of Geert Wilders — leader of the Dutch Partij Voor de Vrijheid (PVV) “Party for Freedom” — in the March general elections of the Netherlands was hailed as a triumph by European politicians. German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented the result ‘was a good day for democracy’, and French President François Hollande expressed the […]PublishedApril 6th, 2017 Author Legacy
Tear gas and water cannons used in Calais migrant camp at protest Migrants and activists in Calais clash with riot police, as they demand they be allowed to travel onward to Britain. Posted by Channel 4 News on Sunday, 2 October 2016 Considered to be the worst clashes in the camp since February 2016, migrants […]PublishedOctober 6th, 2016 Author Legacy
The UK immigration minister has confirmed a wall will be built along the Calais port’s main dual-carriageway approach road, which passes adjacent to the Calais Jungle refugee camp. Construction of the wall is part of a £17 million Anglo-French security package, which includes safe spaces for trucks to wait at the port. The security measures […]PublishedSeptember 7th, 2016 Author Legacy
Marking the anniversary of Chancellor Merkel’s statements offering sanctuary to Syrian refugees in 2015, the Chancellor has now made critical statements highlighting faults made in the European response to the refugee crisis. Ms. Merkel commented on Europe being ill-prepared for a refugee crisis that had been building for several years, and the severely lacking coordination and […]PublishedAugust 31st, 2016 Author Legacy
In spite of tightened border restrictions and an increasingly difficult journey, refugee arrivals to the Hungarian border have continued, and issues with smugglers persist in Macedonia. There were also reports of violent attacks and sexual assaults on refugees in Macedonia. A volunteer with MSF stated “closure of the borders will not discourage people from migration. It will just put them in a more vulnerable position and make them more exposed to smugglers,”PublishedAugust 23rd, 2016 Author Legacy
With refugee arrivals to Greece now diminished, the images of dead and injured refugees on Greek shores feel only like distant memories; the humanitarian crisis now in the hands of Italy and Turkey. However, the refugee crisis in Greece is far from over; in March 2016, up to 44,000 refugees were hosted in Greece, whereas as of 21st August there are 58,380 refugees in the country.PublishedAugust 23rd, 2016 Author Legacy
Coinciding with the World Refugee Day, the European Union extended on the 20th June the mandate of EUNAVFOR Med (Operation Sophia) until 27 July 2017. The area of operations of this EU military missions is within the Central Mediterranean, predominantly off the Libyan and Italian coasts. Currently the mission has four surface vessels and six […]PublishedJune 21st, 2016 Author Legacy
According to preliminary data by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), from May 25 to May 31, approximately 1,083 refugees were reportedly dead or missing in nine separate incidents while en route to Europe. The majority of these deaths have occurred in the so called “Central Mediterranean route”. Many refugees embark on unsuitable vessels from Libya or […]PublishedJune 3rd, 2016 Author Legacy
The Council of the European Union will meet on Friday 20th of May to discuss once again issues related to the ongoing migratory crises. No provisional agenda has been provided so far but it is expected that discussions will gravitate around the following two main issues: the EU-Turkey agreement and it’s current state of play […]PublishedMay 18th, 2016 Author Legacy
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