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Municipalities as main players in EU asylum policy

By Gesine Schwan / 18 December, 2020

At the end of September, the European Commission has presented a proposal for a new asylum and refugee policy. It is very detailed with a lot of legal regulations. But it does not address the crucial points for an effective solution that corresponds to the challenges on the ground, international...

The missing link between (academic) knowledge and the EU governance of migration

By Giacomo Orsini / 18 December, 2020

In March 2020, a number of academics in charge of different EU funded projects concerned with migration sent an open letter to the European Commission (EC). By addressing the President of the EC and the commissioners for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Home Affairs, and Crisis Management, about 50...

Defending fundamental rights and solidarity in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum

By Birgit Sippel / 18 December, 2020

In September 2020, the European Commission finally presented its New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The proposals were supposed to inject much-needed momentum into the reform of the European asylum system, which the Council has delayed for too long. But again, we see that Member States maintain well-known positions to...

We need a Europe that cares and that is seen to care

By Frank Vandenbroucke / 24 November, 2020

Two weeks ago, the European Commission published a highly ambitious Communication on a European Health Union. There is little doubt that the EU’s role in health will increase significantly in the near future. There should not just be more Europe, but also a better Europe at play in this crucial...

For the establishment of a European Child Union

By Brando Benifei / 20 November, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis is having a devastating effect on the most vulnerable groups of society – and that are, often, children. In 2018 the situation was already unacceptable, with over 23 million children at risk of poverty and social exclusion. The current pandemic only exacerbates the situation. In particular, the...

Let the coronavirus be the revival of a professionalised welfare state

By Mari Huupponen / 4 November, 2020

The first rule of the Swedish coronavirus strategy was to protect the elderly. But we failed. The welfare state, once the pride of the Social Democratic government, has been weakened by decades of austerity and profit-oriented management logic. As a part of building the welfare state in the 1960s and...

Gender inequality and the care economy: time for a change

By Robert Sweeney / 4 November, 2020

The distribution of both paid and unpaid care work in society is probably the single, largest factor affecting economic inequalities between men and women. Because they provide the overwhelming amount of unpaid care, women have often been excluded from the economic, political and cultural life. And, while the professionalisation of...

The cross-border care labour market in Central Europe: a myth of an egalitarian and integrated Europe

By Petra Ezzeddine / 4 November, 2020

The care crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has shed light on the everyday functioning of live-in care migration from Central and Eastern Europe. It presupposes the transnational lives of migrant care workers, but paradoxically also denies them at the same time. Germany and Austria are among the countries with...

EU Roma Framework: listening first! The post 2020 EU Roma policy: how to avoid future failures

By Iulius Rostas / 23 July, 2020

The current EU Roma Framework runs out this year – but despite almost a decade of policy activity, not much improvement has materialised. A new Framework is in the making – and only actively listening to Roma people could give a chance to make it better this time. The very existence...

Who are the Roma? European Roma policy and definitions

By Elena Marushiakova / 23 July, 2020

There is an EU Roma policy, but it’s intended beneficiary – Europe’s Roma minority – is hardly definable. Decades of publications by the Council of Europe and the European Union mainly show conceptual dithering, the various national terminologies don’t make things clearer and many groups’ own conceptions of ethnicity add...

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