Public Attitudes


Time running out for more inclusive policies? “Pathways” Debates and Demands for Access to Permanent Immigration Status in Canada

Struggles over who has access to permanent immigration status in Canada have been fought with renewed intensity during and emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. With less than two years before a federal election must be called, the country’s Liberal government risks wasting a historic opportunity to shift policy in more inclusive directions. It again raised […]

International law or national identity? How the German and Polish governments framed whether to accept Syrian and Ukrainian refugees

Over the last decade, the EU has been a destination of two of the largest refugee movements worldwide. Following the eruption of the Syrian civil war and other conflicts in the Middle East and Northern Africa, the EU received approximately 2.4 million asylum applications between 2015 and 2016. Then, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, […]

There’s still strong support for Ukrainian refugees across Europe: new evidence from eight countries.

New research from the Migration Policy Centre shows continued high levels of public support in eight European countries for refugees from Ukraine since the full-scale Russian invasion. Europeans remain strongly supportive of Ukrainian refugees with little sign so far of ‘compassion fatigue’ setting in, at least so far as Ukrainian refugees are concerned. The picture […]

Why liberal refugee policies need enemies

In 2022 Europe experienced the largest refugee influx since World War II. Europe’s response to the Ukrainian refugee movement drew positive headlines at first. Later, however, frustration and disappointment prevailed. The oft-invoked paradigm shift toward a humanitarian refugee policy failed to materialise. Instead, the first ever activation of the EU Temporary Protection Directive triggered a […]