irregular migration

The “Migration Crisis” in Europe: An Interpretation

22.06.2017 , in ((Politics)) , ((No Comments))

Since 2015, the term “migration crisis” has appeared in the media almost on a daily basis. Why now and not back in the 1990’s when comparable numbers of asylum requests were lodged in Europe? Many parameters are indeed very different today than in past episodes of refugee arrivals. In 2015, refugees moved in large numbers over large distances, from the South to the North, and they had to risk their lives to do so. The lack of political coherence in Europe when coping with these arrivals nearly led to a breakdown of the entire EU. However, it is not only a “crisis” of politics, but also of numbers, distance and rights. What are its fundamentals? ...

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Retour sur la notion de passeur

16.06.2017 , in ((Politics)) , ((No Comments))

La notion de passeur est aujourd’hui négativement connotée: elle renvoie généralement à l’image d’êtres malveillants qui profitent de personnes vulnérables pour s’enrichir à leurs dépens. Il est nécessaire de revenir sur les significations de ce terme dans le contexte actuel afin de déconstruire les idées reçues qui lui sont associées. ...

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Beyond Relocation: The Contested Role of NGOs

23.05.2017 , in ((Politics)) , ((No Comments))

The EU relocation mechanism for Italy and Greece promised to be the first fully-fledged experiment of “non-just-financial” solidarity among EU Member States in the field of asylum. After more than a year of implementation, its shortcomings appear as clear as the sun in the summer sky. However, it holds some merits, primarily to have shown the advantages of a better integration of NGOs in the governance of asylum redistributive schemes. The same NGOs are now under attack. Why? ...

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Opération Papyrus à Genève – Un pas vers une nouvelle approche de la question des sans-papiers ?

21.03.2017 , in ((Experiences)) , ((No Comments))

Le Canton de Genève a lancé, le 21 février, une nouvelle opération visant à régulariser les personnes sans-papiers qui vivent et travaillent depuis plusieurs années sur son territoire. Cette opération concertée entre les autorités fédérales et cantonales repose sur l’engagement de plusieurs administrations et associations locales. Elle se fonde sur une meilleure définition des critères nécessaires pour présenter une demande de régularisation sur la base de la Loi fédérale sur les étrangers. ...

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In the Aftermath of US Presidential Elections

09.12.2016 , in ((Politics)) , ((No Comments))

Recently we witnessed the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States of America. Given that he has no prior political experience, his election was for a long time considered unthinkable. And since he built his election campaign on xenophobic, racist and sexist language, many dreaded such an outcome. Immediately, questions were also raised about what Trump’s election means for international relations and whether it will boost other populist movements worldwide. ...

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