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Sophisticated tools – weak principles

By Philippe Fargues / 25 September, 2020

With its ‘New Pact on Migration and Asylum’, the European Commission has taken on one of the most divisive and controversial issues within the bloc. And one that puts its own human rights record most prominently on the spot. The outcome are elaborate proposals, heavy on procedure but weak on...

Europe needs immigration – and common rules to manage it

By Piero Fassino / 6 June, 2020

The Italian government has recently adopted a regularisation measure for 200,000 hitherto irregular migrants. The decision was taken for two reasons: on one side to prevent the Covid19 pandemic from spreading to a population living in precarious conditions, by allowing access to the healthcare system as well as the possibility...

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Migration: there are alternatives!

By Catherine Woollard / 10 December, 2018

The FEPS publication “Prioritising people: a progressive narrative on migration”, presented at the United for Migration conference in New York in September, as well as the discussions and events around the presentation, demonstrate that there are alternatives to the negative and defeatist approach to migration that dominates the European political...

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My mother, a refugee

By Vytenis Andriukaitis / 28 October, 2018

My mother, a refugee. Should the judgement of a crowd prevail once again?   A few weeks ago while I was in Vienna for a series of meetings with European health Ministers, I visited an exhibition in Vienna’s city museum called: “What Remains: Traces of Refugees” and where objects of...

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Depoliticising migration

By Michel Foucher / 27 October, 2018

A broad agreement between the 28 EU Member States on the implementation of migration policies is out of reach to be updated according to the June EU summit. The subject is notably controversial; the issue has become too politicised at a time when there is a pressing need to find...

European Parliament calls for a fairer and centralised Dublin system

By Elly Schlein / 14 February, 2018

The Dublin system has clearly failed, leaving most of the responsibilities for asylum to the frontline Member States of the EU. The time has come to reform it according to the principles of solidarity and equal sharing of responsibilities. The European Parliament has voted with a large majority to put...

The need to adjust a dysfunctional policy

By Catherine Woollard / 13 February, 2018

Recent history of EU asylum policy could be summed up as ‘Dublin is dead. Long Live Dublin!’ While most commentators, analysts and implementers of the policy accept that the unfairness of the Dublin Regulation is at the heart of the dysfunctionality of the system, it nonetheless seems impossible for the...

Financing migrant integration in combination with municipality development

By Gesine Schwan / 9 February, 2018

To meet human rights standards in refugee policy the EU should combine the financing of refugee integration with financing for the development of municipalities hosting these refugees.   Respective community decision making should be based on multi-stakeholder participation. European governments should decide voluntarily on quotas of refugees and at the...

Reopening the channels of legal economic migration

By Giuliano Amato / 9 February, 2018

We cannot fight illegal immigration on the assumption that only political refugees are admissible, while all economic migrants are, as such, irregular. The main antidote to illegal immigration is to restore legal migration on the basis of our labour markets’ demand and consequently activate the main vehicle of integration, a...

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