DW: Refugees forced to depend on human smugglers

DW: Refugees forced to depend on human smugglers

DW (Deutch Welle) website covers the MEDMIG study in the article published November 4th. The article reports of the dangers of the aims of European migration policies to keep migrants out, drawing on the MEDMIG final report. According to the figures from the UN Refugee Agency, 2016 has been the deadliest year so far for migrants’ attempts to cross the Mediterranean. A short video features also comments from the UN Geneva Director General who states, the crisis is a global, not a European problem.

The article can be viewed here.

Iran Daily: People smuggling ‘boosted, not broken’ by Europe migration policy

Iran Daily: People smuggling ‘boosted, not broken’ by Europe migration policy

The Iran Daily website covers the MEDMIG final report in an article published on 4th of November. The article includes details of the MEDMIG research project and emphasises the role of European governments in the increase of people smuggling due to the lack of legal alternatives for leaving countries or finding safety and protection within them.

The article can be viewed here.

Sputnik News: ‘Lack of leadership’ on refugee crisis causes migrant deaths to soar

Sputnik News: ‘Lack of leadership’ on refugee crisis causes migrant deaths to soar

Sputnik News covers the MEDMIG final report in this article published 3rd of November. The website also includes a short interview Professor Heaven Crawley gave to Radio Sputnik, in which Heaven highlights some of the contradictions of European migration policy. The efforts to make the routes safer have forced smugglers to seek alternative ways to use the existing routes, often leading to higher risks to the migrants.

The article and the interview can be accessed here.

Anadolu Agency: European politicians ignored the refugee crisis

Anadolu Agency: European politicians ignored the refugee crisis

The Turkish news website Anadolu Agency covers the MEDMIG final report in this article published November 2nd. The article includes a series of quotes from Professor Heaven Crawley in relation to European migration policy and the political agenda related to immigration. Heaven mentions the difficulties of integration and points out that deaths and the use of human traffickers is increasing, which indicates the failure of the response to the refugee crisis.

The article can be viewed here (in Turkish).

DeMorgen: European leaders are responsible for record number of deaths in Mediterranean

DeMorgen: European leaders are responsible for record number of deaths in Mediterranean

DeMorgen, the Belgian newspaper covers the MEDMIG final report in this article published November 2nd. Using the exclusive article published by The Independent as a source, DeMorgen highlights that the various operations aiming to control the ‘refugee crisis’ have triggered the use of smaller and less seaworthy vessels for trafficking people across the Mediterranean.

The article can be viewed here (in Dutch).

Left: MEDMIG – heavy accusations against the political management of migration crisis

Left: MEDMIG – heavy accusations against the political management of migration crisis

The Italian news website Left has covered the MEDMIG research report in an article published November 2nd. The article mirrors the coverage of The Independent and highlights a comment from Professor Heaven Crawley stating that “the more pragmatic and efficient solutions are overridden by the political interests of leaders from all over Europe”.

The article can be read here (in Italian).

BBC Radio 5 – Why do people cross the Mediterranean?

BBC Radio 5 – Why do people cross the Mediterranean?

BBC Radio 5 program with Adrian Chiles interviewed Professor Heaven Crawley on Tuesday 6th September. Heaven’s interview discusses why people cross the Mediterranean and was preceded by an interesting and empathetic piece by a 5 live reporter on an MSF boat just off the coast of Libya. According to Heaven the reporter’s claim that the route from Libya to Italy has become busier because of the EU-Turkey deal is not true and should be ignored, however, the whole section is worth a listen nonetheless.

The program can be listened to in full here. The section covering the migrant crisis starts at 07:45, and Heaven’s interview starts at 17:47.

Redistribution of refugees within the EU a failure

Redistribution of refugees within the EU a failure

The Dutch news organisation NOS featured a short interview of Dr Simon McMahon on their website 19th August. The article discusses the redistribution of refugees in the EU and how the measures of separating political refugees from economic migrants for redistribution across EU Member States are failing. Continue reading