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On seeking asylum from poverty:

On seeking asylum from poverty:

Why the refugee/migrant paradigm cannot hold

This paper explores the ‘politics of labelling’ in the UK in relation to the perceived migration ‘crisis’ of 2014-present. Drawing upon philosophical insights in relation to types of violence, I argue that the moral distinction that sustains the labels ‘migrant’ and ‘refugee’ in the present context is untenable, and find that:

On My Own – Recommendations

On My Own – Recommendations

Protection challenges for unaccompanied and separated children in Jordan, Lebanon and Greece

These are the recommendations of the "On My Own" report. The report indicates that the best interests of these vulnerable children are consistently violated by inconsistent or non-existent adherence to updated procedural safeguards, strained institutional capacity, and state-level and public concern that some unaccompanied and separated children pose "security concerns".

Photo: Timon Koch On My Own – Executive Summary

On My Own – Executive Summary

Protection challenges for unaccompanied and separated children in Jordan, Lebanon and Greece

This is the executive summary of the "On My Own" report. The report indicates that the best interests of these vulnerable children are consistently violated by inconsistent or non-existent adherence to updated procedural safeguards, strained institutional capacity, and state-level and public concern that some unaccompanied and separated children pose "security concerns".

Photo: Timon Koch On My Own

On My Own

Protection challenges for unaccompanied and separated children in Jordan, Lebanon and Greece

This report indicates that the best interests of these vulnerable children are consistently violated by inconsistent or non-existent adherence to updated procedural safeguards, strained institutional capacity, and state-level and public concern that some unaccompanied and separated children pose "security concerns".

Photo: UNHCR Lost for words

Lost for words

Improving information access for refugees and migrants in Greece

Translators Without Borders spoke with refugees and other migrants on the Greek Island of Chios about language barriers regarding information from humanitarian organisations. Interviewees reported that it was very difficult finding information in their mother tongue, which they understood much better than English. Even translated information is not always understandable information, a finding that merits more research. Nearly 80 percent of interviewees said they preferred to get information by word-of-mouth or via video

Photo: UNHCR Putting language on the map in the European refugee response

Putting language on the map in the European refugee response

Translators Without Borders (TWB) spoke with refugees and other migrants in Sicily, Italy and Chios, Greece to learn about challenges with language in the provision of information to them. Among TWB's findings are: NGOs need to ask refugees which languages they want information in; a shortage of female interpreters hampers communication; and much more data needs to be collected on aspects of language in humanitarian crises.

Photo: Megan Passey “Tolerated” but for how long?

“Tolerated” but for how long?

Unwilling to claim asylum but unable to travel further, more than 4,400 refugees and other migrants in Serbia await legislation to determine their future.

Infographic – Policy dominoes

Infographic – Policy dominoes

Recent developments in restrictive EU migration policies

Interactive features are available using Google Chrome or Adobe PDF viewer. A selection of European policies relevant to migration that set in motion a domino effect of similarly restrictive policies across the EU and in other states, aimed at deterring migration to the region.

Photo: Miodrag Cakic How powerful is policy?

How powerful is policy?

The role of policy in shaping migrant decision-making

A short overview of the role of policy in shaping migration decisions. This article examines the extent to which policy has the power to influence the decisions made prior to leaving home and how such plans may alter throughout the course of the journey.