Actueel / In de pers

In Europa spuntano nuovi muri: così sta fallendo il sogno dell’unità

Luca Attanasio, Domani, 8 november 2020 - Da anni in Europa si moltiplicano muri e muretti, voluti, in alcuni casi in piena area Schengen, per fermare fantasticate invasioni o per soddisfare il proprio elettorato. [...] Lees meer »

Big Tech and COVID-19 are fueling networked authoritarianism

Lizzie O'Shea, Nikkei Asian Review, 19 September 2020 - One of the central themes of our COVID-19 world has been the fortification of borders in the name of containing the virus, further solidifying the nexus between the tech industry and government. [...] Lees meer »

Giorgos Tsiakalos: “In Europe, a racist policy is being implemented”

Iliana Papangeli & Stavros Malichudis, Solomon, 14 September 2020 - In June 2020, recognized refugee families, most of which had just arrived in Athens from the Moria camp on the island of Lesvos, were unable to find housing and remained homeless for days, sleeping in Athens’ Victoria Square. June 1, 2020, marked the implementation of the Greek law which terminates the provision of shelter for 11,237 refugees and beneficiaries via the ESTIA housing program. [...] Lees meer »

Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry

Sophia Akram, The New Arab, 27 August 2020 - "You pay to die". These words by a Nigerian artist who confronted the choppy Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy on a flimsy rubber dingy are one of the more sombre anecdotes from Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry. The new title, published by PM Press, seeks to document securitisation, resilience, social capital, and ultimately profit-making in the migration industry. [...] Lees meer »

‘Politie laat zich leiden door karikaturen, geen bewijs voor nut stroomstootwapens’

Karlijn Roex, Parool (opinie), 23 augustus 2020 - Voor het nut van stroomstootwapens bij politieoptredens in situaties met ‘verwarde personen’ is geen wetenschappelijk bewijs, stelt onderzoeker Karlijn Roex. [...] Lees meer »

Border Force defends handling of coronavirus risk as global report points finger at Australia's asylum seeker treatment

Biwa Kwan, SBS News, 17 July 2020 - The Australian Border Force boss says all protocols have been followed after guards at immigration detention centres in Brisbane and Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19. [...] Lees meer »

'A bloody method of control': the struggle to take down Europe's razor wire walls

Maxim Edwards, The Guardian, 13 May 2020 - Spain is removing lethal razor wire from its borders in north Africa, but elsewhere the controversial ‘concertinas’ stay put. [...] Lees meer »

Te losse handjes

Lise Witteman, De Groene Amsterdammer, 6 mei 2020 - Privatiseringen hebben het lot van migranten in handen van commerciële bedrijven gelegd. Een spoor van schandalen is het gevolg. Nu trekt beveiligingsfirma G4S zich terug. [...] Lees meer »

Migration: tales of brutality along Europe’s borders

Erika Solomon, Financial Times, 29 March 2020 - When Ibrahim was caught on the Romanian side of the border with Serbia, he and his fellow asylum-seekers thought they were lucky. The guards smiled, and promised to take them to the closest city to request asylum. Instead, they drove the migrants back into the Serbian forest, donned masks and beat them with batons before speeding away. [...] Lees meer »

Op-Ed: Mistaken metaphor: the ‘root causes’ approach to migration is both dishonest and ineffective

Bram Frouws, Mixed Migration Centre, 18 March 2020 - In recent years, there has been a strong focus on and narrative around the so-called root causes of migration. It is a central element for example in the 4.7 billion euro ‘European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa’ (EUTF). The idea is that displacement and irregular migration will fall when the root causes are addressed. While there is some validity in this premise and it has contributed to the implementation of some successful development projects, there are also many flaws. [...] Lees meer »