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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 »

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 »

Prisen vi betaler for folk på flukt

Linn Stalsberg, Dagsavisen, 5 March 2020 - Vi frykter for hva mennesker på flukt vil koste oss i kroner og øre hvis de kommer til Europa. Mens vi bekymrer oss, forsvinner skattepengene våre et helt annet sted: Til den militariserte industrien som tilbyr grensekontroll for å holde folk på flukt vekk. [...] lees meer »

Experts around the globe told us 10 ways to make migration policy more humane

Maite Vermeulen and Nabeelah Shabbir, The Correspondent, 25 February 2020 - People have to leave their countries for economic reasons or for survival. Could they find it easier to do so if the laws were clearer, if public support was catered to, if there was more focus on temporary labour conditions... here are some more solutions. [...] lees meer »

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