Srdja Pavlovic: Refugees Ante Portas: Reflections on Strategies of Accommodation in the Age of Disposable Life

The ongoing refugee crisis has significant impact on the framework the European Union applies in order to coordinate and develop border management for member states as well as on the migration processes within the EU itself. Established as the EU agency in 2004 and tasked with helping border authorities from different EU countries work together, FRONTEX is seeing its fundamental premises tested and questioned on a daily basis.

In truth, it is nothing new to argue that the idea about the uninterrupted movement of people within the EU has been plagued by contradictions from the early days of the European Union...

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Lori Thorlakson: EU Migration Policy Brief

Nearly one million asylum seekers, many from Syria, have arrived in the European Union in 2015. The European Commission has responded by identifying migration as one of its top policy priorities. It introduced its European Agenda on Migration in May, 2015.

EU policy draws upon, and all EU member states are bound by the Geneva Convention on the status of refugees. The EU Asylum Procedures Directive relies on the Geneva Convention definition of a refugee, and all member states are bound by the Geneva Convention to abide by the principle of non-refoulement, which requires that no state return a refugee to territory where they can come to harm due to their race, religion, nationality, social group membership or political views...

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Anna Kirova: Role of school in smoother transition and acculturation of refugee families with young children

Over the past few months I have been “glued” to any screen showing the thousands of refugees on the roads of Europe–some walking, some being pushed on wheelchairs, and many children being carried on their fathers' shoulders or in their mothers’ arms—and many crowded around fences, trying to push themselves through, to pass a child over the fence, or to try to convince the police officers that they must be let through. These images brought me back to 1989-90 when, along with thousands of other Bulgarians, we were allowed to “enter” the Western world after living behind the Iron Curtain since the Second World War...

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Sara Carpenter: Youth in Transition: War, Migration, and ‘Regenerative Possibilities’ (Video)

Dr. Sara Carpenter is an Assistant Professor of Adult, Community and Higher Education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. She is co-investigator on the SSHRC Insight project Youth in Transition: War, Migration, and 'Regenerative Possibilities', led by Dr. Shahrzad Mojab, Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the University of Toronto.

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Nicole Lugosi: Hungary’s unsurprising response to the 2015 migration crisis in Europe: Right wing populism hijacks post-9/11 discourse

Since summer there has been intense spotlight on the migration crisis in Europe. The numbers of migrants fleeing poverty and conflict from Syria, North Africa, and Afghanistan are staggering. In December the International Organization for Migration estimated that approximately 909 000 migrants and refugees have crossed European borders in 2015. Many are fleeing war-torn Syria, where ISIS-led violence has reached catastrophic levels for civilians. The international community has been very critical of Hungary's less than friendly response...

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Matus Misik: The flawed logic of Central European solidarity

The current refugee crisis indicates that Visegrád countries are only interested in such form of solidarity that is beneficial for them and refuse any shared responsibility for issues that are challenging for the rest of EU member states,

At least since 2009 Central European (CE) countries have been talking a lot about solidarity within the European Union. Caused by a dispute between Russia and Ukraine over the price, the gas crisis that left this part of Europe without the main source of natural gas for several days served as a trigger for solidarity calls at the EU level...

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David Wineroither: More refugees, more Europe!

History tends to repeat itself, and this is certainly the case all over this planet when it comes to migration. I come from Austria, a small republic in the Alps and the old heartland of Central Europe. My home town is known for being the city with the highest proportion of foreigners, many of them Turkish and from the Western Balkans. I grew up with this piece of knowledge.

It was much later that I learned of another and much larger wave of immigration of foreigners that had taken place just a few decades earlier...

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Sileshi Yilma Reta: The BBC’s biased framing of North African migration to Europe


Mass media play a pivotal role in constructing and shaping the migration discourse. The stereotypical depiction of migrants by the media has been a source of debate by various researchers, who criticize the media establishment for focusing too much on trivial issues and ignoring the underlying causes of migration. Researchers, such as Thorbjornsrud (2015), argue that the issue of migration has been drawn by the media through the ''narrative of illegality'' by mirroring the opinions as well as proposals of principal political organs (p...

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Jane Hurly: One touch of Nature: Nature-based leisure may hold a key to refugee integration

The question of how to integrate refugees into society has politicians scratching their heads. Nature, it turns out, may hold a key.

Earlier this year I completed my master’s degree thesis having conducted research looking at the impact of nature-based leisure on the integration of refugees in Canada. My interest in this research sprang from my own experience of leisure in Canada’s national parks, and the mountain parks in particular, as a new immigrant over 30 years ago. Drawn to those magnificent and iconic landscapes I’d only seen in books and on postcards awakened in me a sense of belonging in my new country and I return to them often for solace, restoration, and peace...

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William Anselmi: Hospitality – the liquid cemetery, a picture

My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.
Vice President Dick Cheney, March 16, 2003.
The damage has been done; so welcome.
Welcome. Let us offer our welcome to the new and forgotten. Whatever appears, what we can touch, the presence we feel belonging as we belong. What faces us, the horizon, assumes a form that reflects me. I would not recognize myself were it not for this possibility: in passing in time, I cannot help but being elsewhere as here opens. Not only am I you – we exist only in passing – not one moment of existence is frozen in time...

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