Eurasylum’s Press Releases
07 November 2017: Eurasylum director discusses initial policy lessons from EU debit card for refugees in Turkey one year on
In November 2016, under the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) launched the Emergency Social Safety Net Programme (ESSN), which provides monthly cash assistance to vulnerable people under Temporary and International Protection through the delivery of a debit card. The ESSN is today one of the largest and most innovative schemes in this area, benefitting over one million people. As the programme celebrates its first anniversary, Solon Ardittis of Eurasylum discusses, in ‘Humanitarian Law & Policy’ (Geneva:ICRC), some of the key policy lessons that be drawn from the implementation of the ESSN to date.
06 November 2017: New issue of Migration Policy Practice
The new issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. Ahead of the UN Global Compact for Migration in 2018, IOM has convened a Migration Research Leaders’ Syndicate, which comprises senior migration researchers from around the world. This special issue of MPP presents a selection of Syndicate papers that focus on some of the more pressing issues that have emerged during the Compact process thus far. They provide an opportunity to draw on the latest thinking underpinned by research and analysis to support international cooperation and effective responses in the on-going UN Global Compact discussions.
20 July 2017: Four-year framework contract on legal migration and integration from the European Commission
Eurasylum, jointly with Ecorys, ICMPD, MPI and MPG, have been awarded a four-year framework contract on “Consultancy and technical support services in the area of legal migration and integration” (Lot 2) by DG Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission. The aim of this three million euros contract is to assist the European Commission on matters related to legal migration and integration within the framework of the European Agenda on Migration.
13 June 2017: Evaluation of the ‘Integration’ project proposals under the AMIF fund of the European Commission
Solon Ardittis of Eurasylum has been appointed as a member and rapporteur in the selection panel established by DG Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission that will evaluate all the new project proposals under the ‘Integration’ strand of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF). The assignment will consist of a series of successive assessment tasks that will run over June and July 2017.
20 March 2017: New issue of Migration Policy Practice
The new issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. It focuses on ways to improve data on international migration. The inclusion of migration in the new global development framework will pose several new challenges for national statistical systems around the world which are already struggling to collect and analyse data on migration. The SDGs will require making better use of existing data sources, as well as developing new methods to collect data on migration. An additional problem is that many of the concepts linked to migration have not been well defined for measurement purposes – for example, targets relating to safe, orderly and regular migration. Articles in this issue make a number of proposals to address these and other migration data-related challenges.
01 December 2016: 5th anniversary issue of Migration Policy Practice
The fifth anniversary issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. It focuses on the overall theme of ‘safe migration’. Based on the situation in Europe and the neighbouring countries, it explores how data on both ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ migration could be collected in a more systematic fashion. The theme of this special issue is in response to the growing challenges faced by the international statistical community in finding ways to define and measure “safe” and “unsafe” migration, including within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted in 2015. The articles in this special issue of the journal provide examples of innovative work that is being carried out by IOM, UNICEF and the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) to gather data on the risks that migrants face during their journeys and on arrival at their destinations.
14 September 2016: New issue of Migration Policy Practice
The new issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. This is a special issue that explores recent and ongoing trends on Afghan displacement. It informs, in particular, some of the key underlying Afghan displacement factors, current displacement data holdings, movements to Central Asia, Afghan integration in neighbouring Iran, decision making in transit, return and reintegration to Afghanistan and identity and belonging of Afghan settlers. This special issue includes articles by experts from the University of Oxford, the University of New South Wales, the Calcutta Research Group and the Observer Research Foundation, the University of Tehran, Maastricht University, IOM, Samuel Hall and Monash University.
29 June 2016: New issue of Migration Policy Practice
The new issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. It focuses primarily on issues of labour market integration of migrants in Europe. In particular, this special issue summarises a selection of presentations from the recent “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” symposium on labour market integration of immigrants in Germany and Europe that was held in Berlin on 6 April 2016. In addition, this issue of Migration Policy Practice includes an article on international migration seen through the lens of Amartya Sen’s capability approach, as well as the latest findings on migrant deaths on the Central Mediterranean route produced by the IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre.
30 March 2016: New issue of Migration Policy Practice
The new issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. It focuses on a range of themes including migration and IT connectivity; Sweden’s labour immigration system; new migration and development strategies; and migration trends in the Arab region. The lead article examines how global telecommunications transformations are affecting the international migration and asylum system by enhancing both the states’ abilities to monitor their borders and detect and prevent immigration fraud associated with entry, and the researchers‘ potential to analyse migration trends in remote locations, with greater accuracy and in shorter time frames.
17 February 2016: New issue of Migration Policy Practice
The new issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. It focuses on expected migration trends in the Global South, namely Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Gulf and Latin America. Much media and policy attention is currently focused on the rise in migration flows to Europe. But how is migration changing in the rest of the world? What are the expected key migration challenges for policymakers in developing countries in 2016? We asked some of the world´s leading experts on migration to try to look ahead and assess how migration and migration policy are likely to change in their regions in 2016.
03 January 2016: Launch of first crowdfunding platform on migration and refugee affairs worldwide
Migfunder, the first and only crowdfunding platform dedicated solely to migration, refugee and human rights initiatives worldwide, has just been launched. Migfunder, which was founded by three Eurasylum Directors, supports campaigns by migrant organisations, public agencies (including international organisations), NGOs, researchers and individuals looking to launch a development or humanitarian initiative in the field of migration and refugee affairs worldwide, or a research project focusing on migration, asylum or human rights policy. It also promotes campaigns from migrants looking to create (or grow) their businesses abroad or in their countries of origin. This is a pioneering initiative that will contribute potentially to reducing the effects of budget cuts and under-funding in major refugee, migration and human rights programmes around the world. Current campaigns on Migfunder originate from organisations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Doctors of the World, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), Business in the Community Ireland, Quist Solicitors, the Somali Human Rights Association (SOHRA) and the Refugee Pastoral Care Commission in Durban. Most are concerned with the current EU migrant crisis. Please do not hesitate to contact Migfunder should you require any further information, or would like to hold an interview with one of Migfunder’s staff.
23 November 2015: New issue of Migration Policy Practice
The new issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. It focuses on the current migrant crisis in Europe and includes articles by representatives from the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration – SVR), the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Brunei Darussalam, Eurasylum and IOM. Key themes explored in this issue include new methods for measuring the levels of integration of immigrants in Europe; the situation of Syrian separated children fleeing war; the EU Temporary Protection Directive; and IOM‘s approach to addressing the complex migration flows in the Mediterranean.
21 September 2015: New issue of Migration Policy Practice
The new issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. It focuses on the migration challenges facing the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and includes articles by representatives from the League of Arab States, NGOs and academia. In particular, this issue discusses the recently established Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration (ARCP) which is in the process of launching an Arab Information System on Migration; reforms to the migration and asylum policy in Morroco; the concept of “root causes of migration”; and human trafficking in the MENA region. This issue also presents an innovative new project – the Mixed Migration Hub (Mhub), which was developed within the framework of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force and which collects, analyses and disseminates relevant data across the MENA region.
15 July 2015: New issue of Migration Policy Practice
The new issue of Migration Policy Practice, the joint IOM-Eurasylum bimonthly journal, was published today. It contains a selection of some of the most noteworthy papers discussed at the 13th meeting of the Transatlantic Council on Migration in December 2014, which focused on the current global protection system. The articles consider how governments and stakeholders can cooperate to address existing crises, distribute responsibilities more fairly, create more flexible systems that respond to changing realities, and prevent new displacement from becoming protracted. This issue of MPP also includes articles on the current dynamics of migration flows across the Mediterranean, as well as on irregular migration from Somaliland and on issues related to the estimation of aggregate volumes of remittances, bilateral remittances, and remittance transfer costs.
03 June 2015: Contribution to NATO’s Strategic Foresight Analysis Report
Eurasylum has been invited by NATO to contribute to its next ‘Strategic Foresight Analysis Report’. In line with the terms of the invitation, Eurasylum will outline the key ‘foresight points’ on significant changes and challenges expected in the fields of border management, immigration, asylum/refugee policy, and trafficking in human beings, in the coming 15 years. The report is due to be released towards the end of 2015. To view other new and on-going projects at Eurasylum, please click here.