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A Double Exclusion: Protection Gaps for Unaccompanied Minors in the EU

By on May 17, 2017
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The best-interest-of-the-child principle is the cornerstone of several legal and policy instruments adopted by EU Member States both at the national and the EU level. However, when it comes to unaccompanied minor asylum seekers in Europe, EU Member States shirk the obligations that they signed up to in the UN Convention on the Rights of […]

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Do immigrants overestimate wages abroad? New research evidence

By on April 20, 2017
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“I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, found out three things: First, the streets weren’t paved with gold; second, they weren’t paved at all: and third, I was expected to pave them”. Anonymous Italian immigrant in Ellis Island, New York in early 1900s Anecdotal evidence […]

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The Dutch aren’t turning against immigration – the salience of the immigration issue is what drives Wilders’ support

By on March 3, 2017

The key story in the 2017 Dutch election campaign so far has been the high levels of support for Geert Wilders’ PVV in opinion polls. But what explains the PVV’s ability to attract voters? James Dennison, Andrew Geddes and Teresa Talò write that although Wilders’ success is frequently linked to hardening views on immigration, attitudes toward immigration […]

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More pathways for migrants to Europe can foil people smugglers – border clampdowns will not

By on February 3, 2017
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The ongoing migration and refugee crisis tops the agenda at a meeting of EU political leaders in the Maltese capital, Valletta. Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, captured the urgency of the situation when he told the European Parliament in late January: “The European Union will be seriously tested unless we act now.” The backdrop to […]

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Hotspots and Relocation Schemes: the right therapy for the Common European Asylum System?

By on February 8, 2016

Introduction The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the Schengen travel area are in considerable jeopardy. The spontaneous arrival of approximately one million persons in 2015, 90% from the top refugee-producing countries of the world (UNHCR), has cruelly exposed their paradoxes and set in motion centrifugal forces that appear to threaten their very existence (The […]

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