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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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Why are we neglecting refugee women and children?

Why are we neglecting refugee women and children?
Nasim Salad

Nasim Salad

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
My name is Nasim Salad, I'm from London and I am a Human Security and International Development Masters graduate with an International Relations and History educational background.My interests lie in migration, refugees and women in conflict. Outside of the world of international relations, I enjoy art and reading fantasy fiction.
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The international community was recently exposed to yet another incident of refugees being condemned to second-class citizenship. Australia infamously holds its asylum seekers in off shore detention camps in remote pacific islands such as Nauru and Manus. The Guardian’s expose of the detention camps in Nauru and Manus were as shocking as and perhaps even […]

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UN Summit: Time to name and shame

UN Summit: Time to name and shame
Menna Soliman

Menna Soliman

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Menna Soliman is a human rights lawyer based in Egypt. She received her LLB from Ain Shams University in Cairo. She has worked as a legal advisor for a refugee aid organization providing legal assistance to the refugee communities in Egypt.
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On the 19th of September, The UN General Assembly will host a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants. Last July, member states agreed on a pre-summit draft declaration to be adopted in New York. The declaration reads as a long preamble that leads to nothing and it is so by design. […]

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Calling for a right to resettlement ahead of UN refugee summit

Calling for a right to resettlement ahead of UN refugee summit
Menna Soliman

Menna Soliman

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Menna Soliman is a human rights lawyer based in Egypt. She received her LLB from Ain Shams University in Cairo. She has worked as a legal advisor for a refugee aid organization providing legal assistance to the refugee communities in Egypt.
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I only understood why that particular part was cruel when I read the works of Hannah Arendt, a German Jewish philosopher who was a refugee herself. Following the events of WWII, Arendt showed the inseparable link between human rights and citizenship, as in reality all human rights require membership of a state to grant or […]

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Saving lives or shirking responsibility? – Scrutinizing “Operation Sophia”

Saving lives or shirking responsibility? – Scrutinizing “Operation Sophia”
Mira Alexander

Mira Alexander

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Mira Alexander is currently enrolled in a two year Erasmus Mundus Master in Public Policy, which she will complete at Central European University (Budapest) and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Barcelona). Prior to her studies in public policy, she obtained a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and has gained professional experiences from internships at the Institut für Europäische Politik (Berlin), Europe Direct Info-Point Hamburg, and the Chancellery of the Senate of the City of Hamburg. Mira’s research interests include EU Governance, EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, Security Studies, State Building, and Conflict Resolution.
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After gathering intelligence on human smuggler networks Operation Sophia has proceeded in October 2015 to board and seize vessels in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya, suspected of being used for human smuggling. With more than 800 000 migrants waiting in Libya to reach Italy, the central Mediterranean Sea could soon become the new […]

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Chronicles of Nauru: Outsourced

Chronicles of Nauru: Outsourced
Cedric Algoed

Cedric Algoed

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Cedric Algoed holds an MA in Economics from the University of Ghent. He is currently enrolled in an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security at the VU Amsterdam. He focuses on civil war, the political economy of conflict and rebel governance.
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The Nauru files paint a grim picture of life in the detention centre. It is marred by daily self-harm and assault. To add injury to insult, children are overrepresented in the data. This backs the findings of a 2014 report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The UN, who have been highly critical of Australia’s […]

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The Refugee Crisis and EU integration: The Need for a Fine Balancing Act

The Refugee Crisis and EU integration: The Need for a Fine Balancing Act
Izza Tahir

Izza Tahir

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Izza Tahir is a Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Ontario in Canada as well as the Government of Pakistan. Her research interests include governance reform, health policy, and the politics and policy of education reform in developing countries.
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President Juncker of the European Commission has described the refugee crisis as the EU’s foremost priority. In 2015, more than a million migrants sought refuge in the EU; another 1.5 million are expected to arrive in 2016, and 0.5 million in 2017. This unprecedented influx of refugees and the EU’s discordant management of the crisis […]

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On Dinkos and the Rule of law: Bulgaria facing migration

On Dinkos and the Rule of law: Bulgaria facing migration
Svetlana Slavcheva

Svetlana Slavcheva

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Svetlana Slavcheva is an EU affairs professional from Bulgaria. She holds an MA degree for the Institute for European Studies, Free University of Brussels. She worked with the Europe Direct Contact Centre as EU communication officer and with the European Business Summit as Event Coordinator.
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Everywhere around Europe voices claim that migrants coming from North Africa and the Middle East are a problem. This is true for Bulgaria too. Not only their number, but even the mere presence of migrants in Bulgaria is a challenge for the perception of what the right attitude towards the newly arrived should be. Legal […]

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