About: Asylum seekers

Central Europe 18-07-2019

Germany and Italy’s migration schemes are simply ways to avoid uncomfortable truths

The issue of migrants entering Europe will dominate the European Parliament's upcoming session, but the proposals already put forward are simple remakes of previously failed plans for the migrant crisis, writes Faisal Al Yafai.

If we fail to reform the Dublin Regulation, everybody loses – especially children

If European leaders won't agree on a working intra-European solidarity mechanism, Europe's free movement zone will be at risk and many more children will lose their lives trying to reach safety and shelter in Europe, writes Karen Mets.
Future EU 20-06-2018

Asylum reform: ‘Europe United’ must unite refugee families

On World Refugee Day (20 June), it is important to touch upon the sensitive issue of uniting families at a time when separation is happening on the US border. However, separation is also a consequence of the Dublin regulation, which must be reformed, writes Iverna Mc Gowan.

Abolish Dublin Regulation for a humane asylum system built on solidarity

The European Parliament and the Council will soon negotiate a revision of the Dublin regulation, concerning the EU's asylum system. This is an opportunity for the EU to develop a more humane system based on objective criteria, and for every member state to take its share of responsibility, writes Cornelia Ernst.
Global Europe 20-02-2018

They talk of war but it’s their own citizens these ‘strong’ men fear most

In the current geopolitical context, European support for those fighting for human dignity is more important than ever, writes Shada Islam.

Sanctioning Poland over refugees would be wrong

The European Commission is threatening Poland with financial penalties for refusing to take in refugees. But that approach misses the bigger picture, writes Bartosz Brzeziński.

Migration: A safe investment in humanity

Instead of a responding to today’s migration challenges from a position of strength, Europe has reacted in fear. This has to change, warns Eugenio Ambrosi.
Global Europe 04-05-2017

Europe’s stateless locked in limbo

The European Parliament is currently holding intense discussions on the overhaul of the EU’s Common European Asylum System. But MEP Jean Lambert warns that one group of people remain absent from the debate: the stateless.
Global Europe 07-03-2017

ECJ ruling continues absurd asylum impasse

The European Court of Justice ruling this morning (7 March) that countries have full discretion to refuse humanitarian visas will have serious consequences for the EU’s ability to manage migration and for the lives and safety of thousands of people, writes Thomas Huddleston.
Global Europe 31-01-2017

#WelcomeToEurope?

People across Europe have fervently opposed US President Donald Trump’s ban on various groups of refugees and citizens. But EU leaders, and citizens, must not forget that policies imposed by EU members states are causing thousands of people to suffer every day, warns Philippa Nuttall Jones.

Security 22-07-2016

ISIS in Würzburg

Following an axe attack on a Bavarian commuter train on Monday (18 July) by an Afghan asylum seeker claiming allegiance to ISIS, Germany’s news media were awash with reports that the terrorist organisation had finally staged a successful attack. EURACTIV.com news editor Joel Schalit, was almost there.
Global Europe 16-03-2016

Why the EU should accept Ankara’s demands

The EU-Turkey deal has been painted by some as a step backward for European values, but in the long run, adopting the deal would benefit not only the EU and Ankara, but the refugee as well, argues Alexander Bürgin.

On the borders of Realpolitik

Taking refugees from Turkey is the right thing to do, but stepping up EU accession talks with Ankara is not, writes Albrecht Meier.
Global Europe 07-03-2016

EU leaders should avoid reactionary solutions to refugee crisis

As the refugee crisis continues, EU governments should respond with leadership and avoid knee-jerk reactions, writes Thorbjørn Jagland.

Migration crisis morphs ‘enlargement fatigue’ into realpolitik

The migration crisis is putting pressure on the EU to re-open accession negotiations with strategic neighbours. But it should take care not to compromise its values, writes Peter Van Elsuwege.

Asylum seeker reception: Dignified standards must be maintained across the EU

With unprecedented numbers of refugees arriving in Europe, we must do more to guarantee their safety and dignity, and help them to integrate into European society, writes Denis Haveaux. 

Europe of tomorrow will inherit the children of today

On Universal Children's Day, Jana Hainsworth argues that EU policy must keep children at its heart, from ending child poverty in the EU to dealing with the migrant crisis.  

Calais is why we need a President of Europe

According to François Decoster, it's time for European citizens to demand from their national leaders a clear answer to a fundamental question: “Who governs?”
Economy & Jobs 09-09-2015

Helping Europe’s poor or helping migrants: A political choice

It is wrong to suggest that there is a choice to make between helping Europe’s poor and helping migrants, many of them refugees fleeing from war and conflicts, writes Natalia Alonso.

The autumn of our discontent?

EU policy makers will have to hold their nerve in this autumn’s intense and challenging legislative period, writes Jan Techau. 

10 years after Katrina, Austria faces its own storm over bungled refugee response

Immigrant-bashing politicians are making enormous capital out of Austria's refugee crisis. The Hurricane Katrina tragedy offers voters important lessons that can help prevent the scapegoating of migrants, writes Timothy Spence.
Global Europe 03-07-2015

Why Europe needs a global strategy

The challenges facing Europe today have global implications and require global solutions. From the Greek crisis to migration and climate change, the EU must seek answers beyond its borders, argues the European Think Tanks Group.
Global Europe 01-06-2015

Fortress Europe alone will not solve our migration crisis

Europe should invest in healthcare, agriculture and job creation, write Debarati Guha and Volker Hauck, not just militarising its borders. 
Global Europe 03-10-2014

Europe cannot remain indifferent to what happened in Lampedusa

The European Union and its Member States must make a paradigm shift in regard to migration policies, writes Jorge Nuño Mayer.
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