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Offshoring EU Asylum: Where to draw the line in the fight against irregular migration?

Offshoring EU Asylum: Where to draw the line in the fight against irregular migration?
John Trajer

John Trajer

Policy Researcher at Politheor
John Trajer holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and is currently working at a Brussels-based NGO while completing his MA in European Studies. His research focuses on the relationship between different forms of citizenship and mobility in Europe, with a special interest in the migration patterns of Roma EU and non-EU citizens.
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Following the success of the EU-Turkey deal in drastically reducing the numbers crossing the Aegean into Greece, the attention of EU decision-makers has now turned to stemming the flow of migrants across the central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy. This is now the busiest crossing for asylum seekers entering the EU with some 180 […]

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The refugee crisis: The urgency of responsible sharing and reform

The refugee crisis: The urgency of responsible sharing and reform
Veronique Cimina

Veronique Cimina

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Veronique is a recently Master’s graduate in EU Law at Leiden University, Netherlands, with a thesis in Competition Law and specific research on EU migration law and its current crisis. Veronique obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, with a thesis on the Responsibility to Protect and its failure to be truly effective in humanitarian crisis. Currently, she is a legal assistant in national Tax and Compliance law in Rome. She is interested in European law and governance, politics and international relations. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and listening to music.
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Since 1999, the European Union has been working on a Common European Asylum System by improving the legal framework aimed at the protection of asylum seekers within the European territory. Through a set of important Directives and Regulations, specific rules have been implemented by setting higher standards and stronger cooperation. Amongst these, the Dublin Regulation, […]

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When you’re a country, size matters

When you're a country, size matters
Nina Kocijan

Nina Kocijan

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Nina has a BA in European Studies from the University of Ljubljana, and an MA in Political Science from University of Manchester. Her primary research interest is the EU, more specifically its foreign relations, enlargement policy and its relations with the candidate countries i.e. the Western Balkans. She is currently based in Ljubljana where she is working on the EU Aid Volunteers initiative as part of a French Civic Service team.
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On 26th January 2017 the Slovenian parliament passed a new Aliens Act. This was done regardless of significant opposition of the Slovenian public, letters of warning from Council of Europe and UNHCR among others, and fierce condemnation by national and international non-governmental organisations, including Amnesty International. Are you wondering why this law is so special? […]

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School-aged refugees: Are they a burden or a social responsibility?

School-aged refugees: Are they a burden or a social responsibility?

Sandra Bahous

Policy Researcher at Politheor
Sandra is a New-York qualified attorney and holds a bachelor's degree in finance from McGill University. In the past year, she has worked with Amnesty International on raising awareness on cases involving prisoners of conscience, refugee rights, and capital punishment. She is currently a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School working alongside a professor on research and case writing for an MBA course on leadership and corporate accountability. She is interested in bringing forth policy issues arising in the Middle East including gender equality, political economy, and human rights.
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The 1951 Refugee Convention outlines the rights of the displaced and the legal obligations of States to protect them. The Convention asserts the principle of non-refoulement, whereby countries vow not to return refugees where there is evidence they could face persecution, and outlines the various obligations that host nations have to protect the fundamental human […]

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European Elections and Migration: what we’ve learnt – and what to expect

European Elections and Migration: what we’ve learnt – and what to expect
Rossella Lombardi

Rossella Lombardi

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Rossella Lombardi holds an MA in European studies from the universities of Bath and Berlin and a BA in human rights and politics from the University of Padova. She has work experience in the fields of education and migration.
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The future of European unity relies, for a good part, on the electoral choices of Germany, France, the Netherlands, and perhaps Italy. The populist threat deriving from their outcome could have enormous implications – in terms of national politics, economics, and, naturally, European policy-making. Migration plays an undeniable role in the shaping of electoral campaigns […]

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The importance of social inclusion policies at school community: a key for integration

The importance of social inclusion policies at school community: a key for integration
Ana Prundaru

Ana Prundaru

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ana Prundaru is a writer, translator and visual artist. She holds a MSc in Sociology of Law and an LL.B in EU Law. Her essays appear in Ragazine, Thread Literary, Kyoto Journal, Luna Luna Magazine and Feminist Wire, among other places. She tweets @the_anamaria.
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The case was lodged by Turkish-Swiss dual national parents, who incurred fines by the Swiss government, after refusing to allow their two prepubescent daughters to attend the school’s co-ed swimming classes. Alleging that swimming with boys went against their religious convictions, the parents did not relent, even when school officials offered the option to wear […]

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Europe Grapples with Child Marriage

Europe Grapples with Child Marriage
Ana Prundaru

Ana Prundaru

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ana Prundaru is a writer, translator and visual artist. She holds a MSc in Sociology of Law and an LL.B in EU Law. Her essays appear in Ragazine, Thread Literary, Kyoto Journal, Luna Luna Magazine and Feminist Wire, among other places. She tweets @the_anamaria.
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Denmark recently reversed its policy that prohibited child brides from living with their husbands, explaining how some girls threatened with self-harm upon separation from partners and arguing the separation could be seen as a violation of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as Art. 8 of the European Convention of […]

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New European border management – the human cost

New European border management - the human cost
Rossella Lombardi

Rossella Lombardi

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Rossella Lombardi holds an MA in European studies from the universities of Bath and Berlin and a BA in human rights and politics from the University of Padova. She has work experience in the fields of education and migration.
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On October 6th, with a record approval time, the EU officially launched a new agency for the management of the external borders of its members. This was demanded to tackle not only the migration crisis, but to furthermore respond to a long-lasting political crisis concerning especially internal security. EU and Frontex officials, together with Member […]

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Afghanistan – a safe third country?

Afghanistan - a safe third country?
Ana-Maria Cioraru

Ana-Maria Cioraru

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Ana Maria recently obtained her M.Sc in International Relations and Development Studies from The University of Aalborg, Denmark with a focus on Global Refugee Studies. Her final thesis looked at issues of Development and Internal Displacement in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She previously took part in research projects among asylum seekers and refugees in Turkey, Greece and Malta. Currently she is volunteering within a Danish NGO working with homeless job-seeking migrants in Copenhagen. Her main research interests revolve around human rights in connection to forced migration and integration.
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Against the backdrop of the 2015 and 2016 so-called ‘refugee crisis’ we have seen the EU and several European countries adopt increasingly restrictive measures to stem the migration flows: from building fences at the border of Hungary and Serbia, to tightening of requirements for residency in Denmark, to the scrapping of passport-free travel in Denmark, […]

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The challenge of integrating refugees into host countries’ labour markets

The challenge of integrating refugees into host countries’ labour markets
Andriana Foulidou

Andriana Foulidou

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Andriana is a graduate of Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, working at the moment as a lawyer in Thessaloniki, Greece. After her graduation, she successfully attended both the LLM programme in Public Law and Political Science of Law School and the MSc programme in Political Analysis of School of Political Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has also served as a board member of the Association of Trainee Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2012-2014) and of the Union of Trainee and Young Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2014-2016).
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In analysing the socio-economic impact of this enormous inflow of persons seeking asylum in the EU, the process of integration has emerged as a key factor, which is essential for achieving the desirable level of economic growth and social stability. This means that the overall impact of the refugee crisis on European societies will be […]

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