People smuggling ‘boosted not broken’ by Europe’s policy

People smuggling ‘boosted not broken’ by Europe’s policy

European governments have contributed to the European ‘migration crisis’ by blaming people smugglers, rather than conflict, for increased migration to Europe. The failure to open up safe and legal routes to protection and the focus on border security has actually driven demand for the smugglers, a major new academic research project concludes today. Continue reading

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).

Deconstructing ‘The Jungle’, Reconstructing the British Border

Deconstructing ‘The Jungle’, Reconstructing the British Border

Heaven Crawley responds to the eviction of ‘The Jungle’ camp at Calais, arguing that it is largely a symbolic attempt by the British government to reassert ‘control’ over borders in the context of Europe’s political crisis. The eviction, and the reinforcement of the wall alongside the port of Calais, does not address the refugee crisis and the diverse reasons for why people move. Continue reading

After the Calais Jungle: is there a long-term solution?

After the Calais Jungle: is there a long-term solution?

Ever since the French president François Hollande went to Calais in late September 2016 and promised that the migrant camp on its outskirts, known as “the Jungle”, would be dismantled, its residents have been preparing to be moved. On October 24, queues of people who had been living in the camp in hope of crossing to Britain, waited to be registered before being transported on buses to refugee centres in other parts of France. However, it’s feared there are some residents who do not want to leave. Continue reading

Violent Borders: Border Conflict, Security and the Refugee Crisis

Violent Borders: Border Conflict, Security and the Refugee Crisis

In Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move Reece Jones presents a major new analysis of the refugee crisis, focusing on how borders are constructed and policed, examining state efforts to contain populations and control access to resources and opportunities. On Wednesday 12th October Heaven Crawley joined Reece and a panel of experts to discuss security, borders and the refugee crisis. Continue reading

Barack Obama says the refugee crisis is a ‘test of our humanity’ – is Britain failing it?

Barack Obama says the refugee crisis is a ‘test of our humanity’ – is Britain failing it?

Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham

In a compassionate and compelling speech, Barack Obama called the response to the global refugee crisis “a test of our humanity” and invited world leaders attending the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20 to do more to assist those fleeing war and persecution.

The British prime minister, Theresa May, went to the same summit in New York, but with a different agenda – to stop uncontrolled migration. She had three key proposals: to help refugees to claim asylum in the first safe country they reach, to make a better distinction between refugees and economic migrants, and to bolster the right of all countries to control their borders. It is worth considering each of these proposals in turn to assess what impact they may have on the current crisis. Continue reading