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The Myths and Truths of the European Migration Crisis

The Myths and Truths of the European Migration Crisis

Martin Kahanec

Mr Martin Kahanec is a Visiting Researcher at Harvard University, Associate Professor at the Central European University and founder of the Central European Labour Studies Institute. Mr Kahanec is a prolific author in the area of labor economics, labor migration and population economics, and has published in peer-reviewed international journals. He is also the Managing Editor of the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies.

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There is no price tag attached to my hand stretched out to refugees, people threatened by wars, and violent regimes. The humanitarian argument prevails over any cost-benefit analysis. But as a labor economist, I firmly believe it is my obligation to help us better understand the labor market impacts of immigration. Author: Martin Kahanec Fears […]

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Harm reduction programs as a pathway to HIV-free Europe

Harm reduction programs as a pathway to HIV-free Europe

Radoš Keravica

Rados Keravica holds a master degree from University of Novi Sad, Faculty for Economics. His research interests are related to social policy and social entrepreneurship.In 2011 he joined the Center for Society Orientation in Belgrade and Disability Rights Promotion International as Regional Officer for Europe. Through his work he has engaged in human rights monitoring focusing on disability and PLHIV rights, community-based social service development, deinstitutionalization processes, policy advice in the field of social inclusion, and reporting under international human rights mechanisms, among others.Mr. Keravica is a Co-chair of the IDDC Task Group on HIV & Disability.
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Data shows that Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) is the only region where HIV infections are on rise among injection drug users. Author: Radoš Keravica United Nation’s joint program on HIV/AIDS has set the goal to reach “90-90-90 targets by 2020 and 95-95-95 by 2030”. The 90-90-90 stands for “90% of people living with […]

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“Civic death” penalty: the pinnacle of disability rights violations

"Civic death" penalty: the pinnacle of disability rights violations

Radoš Keravica

Rados Keravica holds a master degree from University of Novi Sad, Faculty for Economics. His research interests are related to social policy and social entrepreneurship.In 2011 he joined the Center for Society Orientation in Belgrade and Disability Rights Promotion International as Regional Officer for Europe. Through his work he has engaged in human rights monitoring focusing on disability and PLHIV rights, community-based social service development, deinstitutionalization processes, policy advice in the field of social inclusion, and reporting under international human rights mechanisms, among others.Mr. Keravica is a Co-chair of the IDDC Task Group on HIV & Disability.
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Autonomous decision making is still an elusive dream for a large number of Europeans with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities who are placed under guardianship. These people experience “civic death” as they can not make their life choices, get married, sign employment contracts, inherit and manage property, vote or choose the place of living. Author: Radoš […]

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Achieving the Necessary

Achieving the Necessary

Sanja Sontor

Sanja Sontor is a founder and CEO of EduManufaktura, a non-profit organization whose aim is to increase the public awareness and available information across the Balkans on the opportunities and advantages of international higher education. Before founding EduManufaktura, Sanja worked as an analyst and a consultant for international companies and government agencies in the US and in Portugal. Her main professional interests include social policy and welfare state, with an emphasis on education and immigration. Sanja holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hertie School of Governance and a Master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Zagreb, where she was also awarded a degree in Portuguese language and literature.

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In our culture, partly due to deeply ingrained gender stereotypes, it is still somewhat difficult to associate “power” roles with women. These stereotypes extend beyond image to performance, convincing us that men are more capable than women. Author: Sanja Sontor A father and a son are in a car accident. The father dies instantly. The […]

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People with disabilities as an invisible workforce potential

People with disabilities as an invisible workforce potential

Radoš Keravica

Rados Keravica holds a master degree from University of Novi Sad, Faculty for Economics. His research interests are related to social policy and social entrepreneurship.In 2011 he joined the Center for Society Orientation in Belgrade and Disability Rights Promotion International as Regional Officer for Europe. Through his work he has engaged in human rights monitoring focusing on disability and PLHIV rights, community-based social service development, deinstitutionalization processes, policy advice in the field of social inclusion, and reporting under international human rights mechanisms, among others.Mr. Keravica is a Co-chair of the IDDC Task Group on HIV & Disability.
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According to the latest EU data, there is still a 26% difference in employment rates for persons with and without disabilities across the EU[1]. This is 30 percentage points lower than the Europe 2020 target of 75%[2] employment for persons with disabilities. Author: Rados Keravica Instead of being passive recipients of social benefits and objects of […]

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EU should focus on integration of minorities as an anti-terror measure

EU should focus on integration of minorities as an anti-terror measure

Sam Andrews

Sam Andrews is a writer and researcher with two Masters degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies, with specializations in the MENA region and in statistical analysis. He has a number of published articles, and has worked with international organizations in Palestine, Brussels, Iraq and London. He is particularly interested in how statistical techniques can help us understand and analyze public policy and political action.
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The start of 2015 has already seen acts of terror being perpetrated on European soil, reminding us that the threat of terror remains strong. However, the response of the EU and its member states is inadequate. Author: Sam Andrews Despite the evolving nature of terrorism in the new millennium, the strategy of Europe has remained […]

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Greece’s Detention Policy in the Absence of Migration Policy

Greece's Detention Policy in the Absence of Migration Policy

Zoe Kostitsi-Papastathopoulou

Zoe is a current MPA ('16) candidate in the School of Public Policy, Central European University. She received her BA in Political Science from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a MA from the University of Essex in Ideology and Discourse Analysis. As an instructor and research assistant on ethnic profiling by police, intercultural education, and migration she has offered training to various audiences including local government officials. She has also worked in the education sector in the context of teaching but also in coordinating educational programmes offered by both the private and public sector and the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme. As part of her current studies she is working on her passion project for human rights advocacy, specializing on refugees' rights, EU legislation, and asylum policies. She has interned/lived/worked in Greece, India, Germany, the UK and now Hungary.

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  On 20th February, 21-year-old Mohammed Camara, a native from Guinea, died in the detention center of Amygdaleza, Athens. Mohammed died due to diabetes after not receiving necessary treatment or adequate food. This is not the first death in the Amygdaleza detention center. Since the new government led by Syriza took office on January 27th, […]

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EU Asylum Policy – The necessity for a shared responsibility

EU Asylum Policy – The necessity for a shared responsibility

Athena Tacet

Athena Tacet is a journalist and editor specializing in foreign affairs, human rights and socio-political issues. Her writings have appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, and Embassy Magazine, a weekly Canadian foreign policy newspaper. She holds a BA in political science, a Certificate in Modern Arabic language and culture, a Graduate diploma in journalism and undertook a Master's degree in public policy at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Her interests include the EU foreign policy, issues related to immigration and asylum policies, as well as nationalism and identity politics in Europe.
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It’s a problem of responsibility. For more than a decade, EU Member States and EU institutions have combined their efforts to draft a EU Asylum Policy that would tackle the migration issue, and allocate the responsibility to process asylum cases on the principle of responsibility-shifting, rather than responsibility-sharing.  Author: Athena Tacet “Security and immigration management […]

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