Refugee Crisis in Europe

How E.U.’s Migration Policy Enables Migrant Smuggling

February 20, 2017

Statewatch’s Chris Jones says the European Union Border and Coast Guard Agency is less concerned with human rights and far more preoccupied with border control, surveillance and the interception of migrants

Following Deadly Truck Attack, Islamophobia Fails to Gain Ground Among Germans

December 21, 2016

Liberal left and anti-fascist forces in Germany are keeping anti-Muslim politics at bay for the moment, says political scientist Lars Bretthauer

EU Immigration ‘Assistance’ to Italy and Greece Seeks to Block Migrants From Leaving

December 19, 2016

Yasha Maccanico says suspicion of terrorism is often used as a pretext to ensure that people cannot have any possibility of determining their fate

African Refugees Fleeing War and Economic Strife on the Rise

September 13, 2016

Record number of refugee crossings are still taking place along the route from Libya to Italy, says Proactiva Open Arms coordinator Gerard Canals

TRNN in Greece: A Refugee Recounts Her Journey From Turkey to Greece

August 10, 2016

Dimitri Lascaris interviews Maisa about experience with fraudulent smugglers and her passage to Greece with her mother and sister, only to have them now face deportation

TRNN in Greece: Refugee From Syria

August 5, 2016

Dimitri Lascaris interviews a Palestinian refugee who shared his experience of fleeing from Syria into Turkey and living in the Moria refugee camp

Tariq Ali: Brexit and Migration

July 25, 2016

At the Crossing Borders Conference in Greece, scholar and activist Tariq Ali says radical politics helps a great deal in pulling people away from reactionary solutions which appear temporarily convincing

Where Have All the Refugee Children Gone?

June 13, 2016

Most of the unaccompanied child refugees in Europe are either fleeing civil war or the threat of being forced into joining armed groups like ISIS, according to a new Human Rights Watch report. The Guardian has reported that 10,000 of the approximately 90,000 children refugees reaching Europe have disappeared into human trafficking networks. Europeans governments are dealing with an unprecedented crisis, but need to work cooperatively to ensure children have safe passage, said Chris Tidey of UNICEF. “One of the big issues for UNICEF – what we’ve been calling for since the beginning of the crisis – is political will; for governments to come to together to ensure refugees and migrants have safe passage, so that when they do make the decision to move from their countries of origin that they have safe ways to do so, they aren’t turning so smugglers and traffickers,” said Tidey.

Refugees Risk Perilous Journeys, Fleeing War and Years of IMF-type Policies

June 6, 2016

The UNHCR says at least 2,500 have died in the Mediterranean this year. The European Union predicts another 500,000 refugees will head to Europe through the end of the year. These people are fleeing political and religious turmoil shaped by the global war on terror and “economies evisercated by IMF-type policies” throughout Africa and the Middle East, says scholar Vijay Prashad. Instead of accepting the primary responsibility of European actors to provide humanitarian relief and passage, “the main framework for this refugee discussion is how to allay Europe’s anxieties,” says Prashad. He also thought the European Union’s discussion of adopting a policy of militarizing the Mediterranean was “scandalous.” “There needs to be some accountability by agencies” like the IMF “for what they’ve done in these countries.”

Refugees Dehumanized, Impoverished, and Trapped in Europe: What can we do about it?

May 27, 2016

TRNN interviews Maria Nikolakaki, key organizer of the Crossing Borders Conference taking place July 7-10 in Lesvos, Greece

EU Deports Refugees from Greece to Turkey

April 8, 2016

The EU deportations do not solve the problem that refugees fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere confront, says Hazel Healy of The New Internationalist

NATO Sends Warships to the Aegean Sea to Stop the Mass Exodus of Refugees

March 6, 2016

Saskia Sassen, the author of Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, says it is astounding that Europe and the US have missed opportunities to intervene and prevent this crisis

Afghan Refugees in Greece in Limbo

September 13, 2015

Former Afghan Refugee and advocate Mohamad Mizray in Greece reports that Afghan refugees are being deprioritized in favor of Syrians, he argues that they should all be treated equally and with dignity no matter what country they are arriving from

Mediterranean Refugee Crisis Escalating

August 29, 2015

As the UN announces that the number of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean this year exceeds 300,000, Vijay Prashad says the superpowers must move towards a ceasefire in Syria as soon as possible to stem the tide

Macedonian Police Clash With Refugees at Greek Border

August 21, 2015

Reporting from the Macedonian border, Alexandra Krause of the The UN Refugee Agency warns of the dire humanitarian situation facing thousands of refugees stranded crossing from Greece to Macedonia