About: Frontex

A European ‘Mare Nostrum’ instead of Operation Sophia 2.0

An EU mission within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy is not the adequate instrument for controversial domestic issues such as migration, writes Tobias Pietz.

Safeguarding borders for an open Europe

Freedom of movement is a right enshrined in the European Union’s area of freedom, security and justice. But it is only by protecting the EU’s external borders that this freedom can continue to exist, writes Fabrice Leggeri.
Global Europe 31-10-2017

Europe’s quiet offensive against people helping refugees

Three years ago today (31 October), EU pressure on Italy forced the end of one the EU’s most successful humanitarian missions, ‘Mare Nostrum’, a search-and-rescue operation that in just one year brought 130,000 refugees safely to Europe’s shores. Ben Hayes and Frank Barat look back on three years since the end of Operation Mare Nostrum.

New EU border guard agency is no magic bullet

The European Union’s new border guard agency is meant to remedy the failings of its predecessor, Frontex. Dr Lisa Watanabe asks whether the EBCG will be endowed with what Frontex lacked.
Global Europe 18-02-2016

Migrants in Europe have become fair game

As the European Union summit starts today (18 February) in Brussels, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, warns that it has become impossible in Europe to have a meaningful discussion about migrant rights, diversity, and integration.

Schengen is dead? Long live Schengen!

Schengen needs to be safeguarded in the face of international crises, write Jacques Delors, António Vitorino, Yves Bertoncini and the participants of the Jacques Delors Institute 2015 European steering committee.

Lithuania’s approach to refugees: History, compassion and solidarity

Lithuania aspires to live up to its own historical standards of tolerance and Christian compassion, as well as the modern European ideal of solidarity, writes Gediminas Kirkilas. 
Development Policy 07-09-2015

Treat the root causes of the asylum crisis, not the symptoms!

Current migration debates are defying the core values residing at the very foundations of the EU. In his State of the Union address, President Juncker should issue a compelling call for a common policy tackling the root causes of the asylum crisis, write Sergio Carrera and Karel Lannoo.
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 22-04-2015

EU leaders must toughen response to Mediterranean crisis

The EU is finally waking up to the desperate crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean and North Africa, and tomorrow’s extraordinary Council summit is a step towards dealing with its consequences, writes Mirjam van Reisen.

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