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Refugee diaspora groups: Bridges between civil society and the state

Refugee diaspora groups: Bridges between civil society and the state
Simon Marijsse

Simon Marijsse

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Simon Marijsse holds both a Master’s degree in Public Policy and one in Philosophy (from Ghent University and KU Leuven). After having worked as post lauream researcher at the Jean Jacobs Institute in Bologna, he chose to specialize in Conflict & Development Studies at Ghent University. Inspired by live field work in the Middle-East, Simon currently aims at bridging local grass roots developments with new modes of globalization and rhetorical analysis of policy mechanisms. His interests involve EU foreign policy, historical and contemporary Arab-West relations, and the modalities of subjectivity, identity and state-building practices in the wider MENA region.
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Author: Simon Marijsse In the Netherlands a group of six NGO’s advanced the manifest “save their souls” mobilizing the Dutch population. The same activism is visible in Belgium, where grass root initiatives like #Welcome The Refugees and Civil Platform demonstrate how the refugee crisis solicits a tremendous effect in terms of global citizenship and cross-culture solidarity. […]

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Dealing with uncertainty: Responses to the “refugee crisis” in Sweden

Dealing with uncertainty: Responses to the “refugee crisis” in Sweden
Camila Azavedo

Camila Azavedo

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Camila Azevedo is a Brazilian/Portuguese graduate with extensive international experience. Currently based in Sweden, she has also lived in Brazil, Norway, England and Jamaica. Camila holds a Master of Science degree in International Development and Management from Lund University, Sweden. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Media and Communication Studies from Santos Catholic University, Brazil. Camila has four years of professional experience in program management support, communications, research, marketing and education. Originally a journalist, Camila is interested in the intersection of communications and development, especially concerning policy, communications, research and advocacy services. Her main research interests include agrarian and environmental issues, forced labor, inequality, corporate accountability and migration. Camila’s fieldwork-based master’s thesis deals with the question of access to land in Southern Brazil and the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST), the largest peasant movement in Latin America. It has been nominated for the Hydén Award for best thesis in socioeconomic and political issues in developing countries by Lund University, Sweden.
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Author: Camila Azavedo In 2014, Sweden was one of the EU’s largest receivers of non-EU asylum-seekers in relation to its population, second only to Germany. Year 2015 was marked by an intense but often shallow debate on the “refugee crisis” in the media. The latest public opinion poll commissioned by a major Swedish newspaper reveals […]

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Filling the gaps: Contribution of CSOs in the management of refugee affairs in Eastern Africa

Filling the gaps: Contribution of CSOs in the management of refugee affairs in Eastern Africa
Beatrice Mumbi

Beatrice Mumbi

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a Kenyan national currently pursuing an MA in Public Policy and Administration. I am currently working with an international refugee-serving organization Kenya as the regional advocacy officer covering five countries in Eastern Africa. Previously, I have worked with organizations promoting human rights and civil society development both in Kenya and in the islands of the South Pacific (Vanuatu and Fiji). My interests include democratization in Africa, African foreign policies, immigration and asylum policies and sustainable development.
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Author: Beatrice Mumbi At the moment, the number of asylum seekers comprising of refugees and other persons of concern in eastern African have surpassed the two million mark and still counting. The largest numbers are found in Ethiopia and Kenya with over 600,000 registered in Ethiopia and over 500,000 in Kenya. The number is certainly increasing […]

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European Enlightenment 2.0: Toward a Respectful and Comprehensive Policy for Missing and Dead Migrants

European Enlightenment 2.0:  Toward a Respectful and Comprehensive Policy for Missing and Dead Migrants
Bert Segier

Bert Segier

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Bert R.G. Segier holds a Master degree in History and a Minor degree in Political Science. Professionally, Bert worked as a Political Adviser to a member of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives in Brussels, as a Head of Cabinet of a Regional Government in Bruges and as a Communications Officer at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) in Stockholm. After a brief experience at the Consulate-General of Belgium in London, he took the opportunity to work for the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), The Hague, initially as Consultant and currently as Projects Officer. Bert has been politically active on different levels. He focuses on international affairs, human rights and the rule of law. He enjoys history and moral philosophy. Bert is a correspondent for the Belgian-American newspaper the Gazette van Detroit and strongly supports the work of the NGO Eyes for the World. Twitter: @bgravitas; LinkedIn:
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Author: Bert Segier Since January 2015, 1,084,625 migrants are reported to have arrived in Europe, of whom 1,048,268 arrived by sea. This month alone, 36,781 migrants are reported to have arrived in Europe by land and sea routes. An overview of migration flows in Europe by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the migratory […]

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To Welcome or not to Welcome: what civil society does for Refugees?

To Welcome or not to Welcome: what civil society does for Refugees?
Irene Zugasti

Irene Zugasti

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Irene Zugasti is a journalist and a political scientist from Madrid, who conducted her studies of Political Sciences and Public Administration in Complutense University in Madrid and Charles University in Prague. She holds an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy of the Diplomat School of Spain, where she focused her research on Gender and IR studies. Nowadays she works in the Government Office for Gender Based Violence in Spain, while she continues researching Gender issues in the European arena.
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Author: Irene Zugasti The word “refugee” was googled around 27 million times during 2015. Google’s report “A Year in Search”, reflects that migration events inspired trillions of questions worldwide. At the top of questions trends was “What happened to Aylan Kurdi?” the kurdish child dead in Turkey’s shoreline. The top question on ‘migration’ in Italy […]

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REPORT: The dark reality of Dunkirk’s refugee camp

REPORT: The dark reality of Dunkirk’s refugee camp

Stephen Treacy

Stephen Treacy is a graduate of Human Geography at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His research interests span across the field including, but not limited to national identity, xenophobia, clandestine migration, globalisation and urban Geography. Currently he is engaged in voluntary aid work and research within the Grande Synthe refugee camp in Dunkirk, France, whilst re-locating to Krakow, Poland to begin ground work for studying Polish nationalism.

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Author: Stephen Treacy Amongst the marshy, coastal French Flanders lies a town once famed for it’s historic part played in the Second World War. The city of Dunkirk is one of France’s major port towns, with direct connections to the United Kingdom by ferry, and it lies mere kilometres from the border with Belgium. Whilst […]

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Politheor’s Special Report on civil society responses to refugee crisis

Politheor's Special Report on civil society responses to refugee crisis
Politheor

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Politheor is a European policy platform that brings together policy analysts in their mutual endeavour to enhance the quality of discussion on relevant policy issues in Europe. Its Advisory and Editorial Board are comprised of experts affiliated with the top education and policy institutions worldwide. The Politheor center also organizes trainings in policy analysis and promotes new generations of policy experts.
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Editor: Jakov Bojovic Authors: Irene Zugasti (Spain), Camila Azavedo (Sweden), Stephen Treacy (UK) Simon Marijsse (Belgium) Beatrice Mumbi (Kenya), Karina Oborune (Latvia), Mikael Grunwaldt (Germany) Download Link: http://politheor.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Politheor-Special-Report-on-Civil-Society-Responses-to-Refugee-Crisis.pdf

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Crossing the invisible borders: Violence against Refugee Women

Crossing the invisible borders:  Violence against Refugee Women
Irene Zugasti

Irene Zugasti

Editor at Politheor: European Policy Network
Irene Zugasti is a journalist and a political scientist from Madrid, who conducted her studies of Political Sciences and Public Administration in Complutense University in Madrid and Charles University in Prague. She holds an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy of the Diplomat School of Spain, where she focused her research on Gender and IR studies. Nowadays she works in the Government Office for Gender Based Violence in Spain, while she continues researching Gender issues in the European arena.
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Author: Irene Zugasti Köln attacks, approached through the dichotomy between western victims and foreign perpetrators, have served to stoke up again the heated debate over refugee policies in Germany and in whole Europe. Meanwhile, refugee women remain silent, invisible, minimized. However, they well know how sexual violence –among many others forms of violence against women- […]

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Error 404, Responsibility not found: EU-Turkey deal on migration

Error 404, Responsibility not found: EU-Turkey deal on migration
Alex Oancea

Alex Oancea

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Alex obtained his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations in Bucharest, and has recently graduated from a Master’s programme at University of Amsterdam where his main focus was EU’s external migration policy. Momentarily he is enrolled in another Master track that deals with gender studies and human rights issues. In the professional realm; he is a research assistant at Amsterdam’s Institute for Social Science Research, being involved in a project related to medical anthropology. Moreover, since he is passionate about migration issues, he worked for a brief period of time for Romania’s General Inspectorate for Immigration (Asylum and Integration Directorate)and as a (volunteer) lecturer for ARCA - Romanian Forum of Refugees and Migrants, teaching grammar and history. He is co-author of the book ”A grain of thought”, succinctly analyzing perceptions and issues surrounding the right to vote in Romania.
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Author: Alex Oancea As you may know, the recent EU-Turkey meeting from the 29th of November regarding the ubiquitous issue of migration has sparked a great deal of controversy, both outside and within the EU itself. Justifications for the agreement are overflowing and if you are not accustomed to EU politics, it can be quite […]

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Michel Foucault on refugees – an interview from 1979

Michel Foucault on refugees – an interview from 1979
Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, philologist and literary critic
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‘The refugee problem is a foreshadowing of the 21st century’s great migration.’ (“Nanmin mondai ha 21 seiku minzoku daiidô no zenchô da”, an interview by H.Uno, originally published on 17 August 1979, in Shûkan posuto, pp. 34-35. Translated from Japanese into French by Ryôji Nakamura, 1994 ; translated from French into English by Felix de Montety, […]

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