The eight "squares" hope

When leaving, a handsome boy, while watching us as we try to understand each other, offered me his translation services from Arabic to English. Little Levant introduces the container of his family, where the only table inside is an improvised studio of his father Shergo. Painted bottles,...

A BLUE PRINT FOR DESPAIR. HUMAN RIGHTS IMPACT OF THE EU-TURKEY DEAL

In the absence of safe and legal routes into Europe, hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants have travelled irregularly over the last few years, at considerable risk to their own lives. This has undeniably confronted European leaders with logistical, political and humanitarian challenges....

Angelina Jolie: Refugee Policy Should Be Based on Facts, Not Fear

The lesson of the years we have spent fighting terrorism since Sept. 11 is that every time we depart from our values we worsen the very problem we are trying to contain. We must never allow our values to become the collateral damage of a search for greater security. Shutting our door to refugees...

A refugee looks back: what the 1940s teach us about today’s crisis

In the late 1940s, an intransigent Congress made it difficult for many post-WWII European refugees to come to the U.S. Among those displaced persons was Milan J. Kubic, the author of this piece. This is how President Truman fought Congress, won, and opened America's doors.

The “Dublin IV”-Proposal: One Step Forward and Ten Steps Back

On 4 May 2016, the European Commission has published three proposals to reform the Common European Asylum System. They are the first series of two legislative packages the Commission has presented in 2016 to tackle the current “refugee crisis”. One of the proposals intends to amend the Dublin...

5 refugees who changed the world

Despite tensions in the US and across Europe surrounding the resettling of refugees, both these regions have a long history of welcoming migrants with open arms. And as this list shows, many of those refugees have gone on to make huge contributions to the country that gave them a second chance.