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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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Commentaries | EU Neighbourhood

How feasible is the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in Libya?

By on June 16, 2015

The EU’s planned anti-smuggling military operation in Libya stands on fragile ground, both legally and politically. EU politicians, inspired by the UN Security Council’s 2008 anti-piracy resolution and the EU’s Operation ATALANTA, speak optimistically. However, as I argue in a recent post ‘The Legal and Political Feasibility of the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in […]

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Refugees, Masculinity and Discrimination

By on May 11, 2015

There has long been a public debate about how Palestinian refugees handle the tension between their integration in Jordan and their commitment to the Palestinian national predicament. In Jordan, there is a widely-held collective opinion that camp dwellers nurture anti-government sentiments. Local authorities, in particular, describe camp dwellers – male adolescents and young men especially […]

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How normative is the EU’s power in the field of asylum?

By on May 6, 2015

While much has been written about the European Union’s role in shaping migration and asylum policies in third countries, there is hardly any empirical evidence regarding the extent to which the EU asylum acquis has been emulated in the countries of the so-called European Neighbourhood. The lack of such evidence is problematic as, without a […]

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Ukraine one year on: the challenge of preventing a new migration crisis in central Europe

By on March 13, 2015

One year after the Euro Maidan protests in Kyiv and Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Ukraine remains one of the world’s top news-stories. A country with a relatively stable migration history has seen the mass exodus of civilians from insecure regions. Last year there were just too many uncertainties to foresee what would happen next. However, […]

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