Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

Merchants of Fear. Discursive Securitization of the Refugee Crisis in the Visegrad Group Countries
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Merchants of Fear. Discursive Securitization of the Refugee Crisis in the Visegrad Group Countries

Since the beginning of the refugee crisis politicians from the Visegrad group states have been infamously vocal in their aversion to the asylum seekers. This despite the fact that their countries were among the least affected by refugee movements.

7 January 2019
Building a Youth Euro-Med Community through Learning and Research Mobility: Incubators and Obstacles
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Building a Youth Euro-Med Community through Learning and Research Mobility: Incubators and Obstacles

Mobility and fieldwork are key drivers of the quality of academic and scientific research. However, those are not always easily accessible to researchers from the southern shore of the Mediterranean.

26 November 2018
New Wine into Old Wineskins? Addressing Patterns of Institutional Development in Euro-Mediterranean Relations in the Wake of the So-Called “EU Refugee Crisis”
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New Wine into Old Wineskins? Addressing Patterns of Institutional Development in Euro-Mediterranean Relations in the Wake of the So-Called “EU Refugee Crisis”

Since 2015 EU Member States have been calling for a reform of common migration policies. However, the most powerful and influential MS managed to hinder any attempt to communitarise responsibility for decisions.

29 October 2018
From Refugees to Asylum Seekers? Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Conflict
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From Refugees to Asylum Seekers? Palestinian Refugees and the Syrian Conflict

The current forced migration of Palestinian refugees, largely overshadowed by the magnitude of the Syrian refugee crisis, raises many questions regarding the status of refugees forced to leave their countries.

12 February 2018
Arab Mediterranean Youth Migration. Who Wants to Leave, and Why?
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Arab Mediterranean Youth Migration. Who Wants to Leave, and Why?

The push factors of an economic nature are key behind the phenomenon of Arab Mediterranean youth migration. However, the desire to migrate does not depend on the education level and the (un)employment of the young people.

16 March 2017
The Trust Fund for Africa: A Preliminary Assessment
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The Trust Fund for Africa: A Preliminary Assessment

In its attempt to curb irregular immigration the EU has deployed a number of instruments. One of them is the “Trust Fund for Africa”, adopted during the EU-Africa Summit, which took place in Valletta in November 2015.

6 September 2016
The Migration Crisis: Issue or Opportunity?
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The Migration Crisis: Issue or Opportunity?

The ongoing refugee crisis is the most acute political and policy challenge the EU and its neighbouring countries have been facing lately. The EU policies have been inadequate in addressing the magnitude of the crisis.

11 April 2016
How Can the EU Border be Better Managed?
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How Can the EU Border be Better Managed?

The attempts by the EU to manage the refugee’s influx have been characterised by the prevalence of a security-based approach, the tendency to put migrants and refugees in the same box, and the prioritisation of border control.

5 April 2016
Reconceptualising Sustainable Responses to the Refugee Crisis
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Reconceptualising Sustainable Responses to the Refugee Crisis

An unprecedented number of asylum-seekers crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe in 2015. How can states better understand and respond to the complex realities of forced displacement and migration in the 21st century?

24 February 2016
Migraciones entre África subsahariana y Europa. Fábulas, mitos y datos
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Migraciones entre África subsahariana y Europa. Fábulas, mitos y datos

Los sucesos en las vallas de Ceuta en 2005, la crisis de los Cayucos en 2006, la reciente tragedia de Lampedusa o la situación en Melilla alimentan sin cesar la imagen de unas fronteras débiles y porosas.

2 October 2014
El Mediterráneo, puerta cerrada a las migraciones
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El Mediterráneo, puerta cerrada a las migraciones

La respuesta política a nivel europeo a los naufragios pone en evidencia que las únicas herramientas que la UE propone ante la llegada de personas que intentan cruzar el Mediterráneo consisten en aplicar una estricta lógica de control migratorio....

17 December 2013
The Migration Impact of North African Revolutions and What it Reveals about Europe
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The Migration Impact of North African Revolutions and What it Reveals about Europe

North of the Mediterranean, the dominant media message and the prevailing public perception has been that the migration impact of the North African upheavals has been mainly felt in Europe. This is a deeply flawed perception.

28 July 2011