Calais

Calais: Looking back, forward, and beyond

Calais has been the topic of quite some international news coverage over the past weeks. Here is an update, looking back, forwards and beyond recent events. Calais: Looking back The third week of this new year saw an eviction order issued by French authorities to everyone living within 100 metres …

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refugee

Lessons learned from the refugee crisis in Hungary: Interview with Emma Polák

In the summer of 2015, Hungary filled the headlines of all major European newspapers with its treatment of thousands of passing migrants. Half a year later, I talk to Emma Polák, who is volunteering for Migration Aid, looking back and ahead at the situation of refugees in Hungary. First of …

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Balkans

Migration and the Western Balkans

The Balkans are a popular migration route as they are the bridge between Europe and the Middle East. Refugees and migrants are desperately moving onwards as quickly as possible. They run against the clock, for they fear that borders ahead of them will close, as the UN refugee agency affirmed. Following the …

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Syrian

Migrant Crisis: The New Stress Test of European Values

The European migrant crisis has been publicly debated for over a year. Actually, it is very hard to remember at what point exactly the casualties in the Mediterranean Sea stopped being treated as domestic and “extra-ordinary” news and became a European policy issue. It is of the utmost importance to keep …

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asylum

The Journey of an Asylum Seeker in Italy.

Giovanni Papotti is an Italian Law student from the University of Turin (Italy) with a passion for  international law and human rights. He has been working on migration law for more than two years, both in academia and on the ground. Giovanni is currently working with  the Refugee Law Clinic in Torino, where …

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Lesvos

Diary of a Volunteer in Lesvos.

Gaia Giletta is an Italian 25-year-old graduate student in Paediatric Nursing. She started doing her first volunteering experiences in high school and these eventually transformed into medical missions with the evolution of her professional formation. She went to Kenya 7 times, collaborating directly with an orphanage and with their heart …

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Lesvos

The True Story of the Migrant Crisis in Lesvos: #NoFilter.

Gaia Giletta is an Italian 25-year-old graduate student in Paediatric Nursing. She started doing her first volunteering experiences in high school and these eventually transformed into medical missions with the evolution of her professional formation. She went to Kenya 7 times, collaborating directly with an orphanage and with their heart …

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Iranian Tomcats formation flight by Shahram Sharifi - Licensed under GNU Free Documentation License via Wikimedia Commons Iranian Tomcats formation flight by Shahram Sharifi - Licensed under GNU Free Documentation License via Wikimedia Commons

The Iran and Saudi Arabia Rivalry

Saudi Arabia’s execution of 47 Saudi-Shias and their cleric leader, Nimr al-Nimr, has further aggravated Iran and Saudi Arabia relations. Nimr’s death is not just about the Saudi-Shia’s rights movement, but it is the Middle East’s two leading powers’ struggle for power in the region. Who was Nimr al-Nimr? Nimr Baqir al-Nimr …

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Istanbul

ISIS and terrorism : Istanbul attack

Suicide Bomb Attack in Center of Istanbul 2016 has just started and terrorism strikes again. This time in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday the 12th of January, where a suicide bomb attack killed ten people. The beauty of Istanbul ’s monuments mixes, on a quiet sunny morning around 10am local time, …

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Calais

Of mud, hope, and borders: inside Calais unofficial refugee camps

At the French coast, next to two ferry terminals leading to the UK, two refugee camps have been existing for years, though never officially recognised by the French authorities. Calais and Dunkerque have grown significantly in recent months, as it has been getting more and more difficult for the asylum …

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