In this September 2021 photo, Warsaw residents place candles before the national Border Guards Headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, as a sign of mourning for four migrants found dead a few days earlier along the border between Poland and Belarus.
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The European Union is attempting to portray eastern European countries as racists infringing upon the human rights of refugees. But it’s the EU itself that’s primarily to blame for the refugee crisis.
European leaders expressed solidarity with people trapped in Kabul with no reference to the people trapped in makeshift camps on its periphery.
Hungarian police officers check cars at the Nickelsdorf-Hegyeshalom border crossing at the Austro-Hungarian border on 18 March 2020. Hungary’s closure of its land borders following the coronavirus crisis caused massive delays for passengers and carriers – including those seeking entry from other Schengen members.
What parallel can be drawn between the Schengen countries’ management of the migrant crisis in 2015 and their response to the current health epidemic?
The Mória refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece.
The health crisis is pushing governments to try to control the movement of people, but migrants continue to arrive in EU reception centres, which are currently experiencing a crisis of tragic proportions.
Greek police clash with migrants at the border with Turkey in Kastanies.
The Aegean has long been a place of overlapping migration. Now it is facing a new crisis.
Mass mobilization of citizens and organizations around Brussels-North railway station.
The 2015 reception crisis had a profound impact on civil society in Europe. A significant set of attitudes and practices emerged that give a sense of what political participation means today.
Signing the Treaty of Rome in 1957.
In the past decade the EU has been struck by a series of crises that have proven that it is far more vulnerable than previously imagined.
Venezuelan migrants wait at the Binational Border Service Center of Peru.
Fleeing economic collapse, around 2.3 million Venezuelans have left the country over the past few years.
The Venezuelans now rushing across the border to seek refuge in Brazil join millions of Brazilian migrants who’ve been displaced within their own country.
Since 2000, 8.8 million Brazilians have been displaced by disaster, development and crime, new data shows. Now Venezuelan migrants are pouring into the country. Still, Brazil has no real refugee plan.
Walking, gardening and cycling can all help relieve anxiety and help asylum seekers become a part of the local community.
Development projects can start small.
We can all play a direct role.
An Eritrean is searched at Rosenheim in Germany in 2015.
Should the EU be giving money to repressive regimes to stop the flow of migrants?
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A more intimate connection with the details of migrants crossing the Mediterranean can happen through art.
A Moroccan migrant rescued off the coast of Spain in September 2016.
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A military option will be a lucrative one for smugglers.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a conference for her party.
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In reelection bid, Merkel’s not just up against a xenophobic, nationalist party in Germany. In the wake of Trump’s election, liberal democracies around the world hope she’ll defend them, too.
A Red Cross rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea.
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Smugglers who transport migrants and refugees into the EU are both heroes and villains.
A tear gas cannister on the outskirts of the Calais camp.
The French and British governments have prioritised security over humanity for refugees in the Calais Jungle.
Evicted: migrants and refugees wait to be processed at the Calais Jungle.
As the camp for migrants and refugees outside Calais is dismantled, two academics from either side of the Channel look at what will happen next.
Migrants in Belgrade try to make it into Hungary in early October.
After the Hungarian referendum, a new spectre is haunting the EU: Victor Orban.
Viktor Orbán speaks in Budapest after the Hungary referendum result.
The prime minister has claimed victory in the referendum, despite the low turnout.