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  • Future Europe
  • Global Europe
  • Migration and Integration

Headscarf bans in the workplace: neutrality at any price?

Last month the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued two judgments that led the mainstream media to proclaim that “employers can ban headscarves”. The headlines were overly simplistic. Workplace policies requiring staff not to wear any clothing or symbol of a religious, political or philosophical nature are allowed, but must meet a set of criteria,… Read article ›

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  • Global Europe
  • Migration and Integration

Headscarf ruling reminds us that religious freedom is not absolute

The European Court of Justice provoked considerable controversy last month when it decided that banning the wearing of headscarves in the workplace could be lawful if part of a general policy barring all religious and political symbols. The Court, judging a case referred from Belgium, held that a ban on wearing visible signs of political,… Read article ›

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  • Migration and Integration

Sexual violence against refugees goes on: Europe can and must act to end it

Women asylum-seekers leave conflict zones seeking refuge from acute threats, including wartime rape. But Europe is no haven from sexual violence. The media and non-governmental organisations report how refugees in Europe face threats of sexual violence along migration routes, at ports of entry, at transit sites, in detention, and in reception centres. Perpetrators include smugglers,… Read article ›

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  • Migration and Integration
  • Quality Europe

The migration crisis is over: long live the migration crisis

Since the early spring of 2016, the number of people migrating across the Mediterranean has stabilised, to about 200,000 people. This is largely due to the closure of the Western Balkan route and the EU- Turkey Statement of March 2016, which sought to end irregular migration from Turkey to the European Union. Underlying both actions… Read article ›

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  • Future Europe
  • Migration and Integration

A first step towards a better approach to migrants and refugees

At last: the international community, meeting in New York last month, finally acknowledged the need for coordinated action and an international agreement on how to handle the unprecedented wave of migration that has hit Europe and elsewhere. A year ago, those countries most severely affected appealed for support. Now, the idea that this is an… Read article ›

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  • Migration and Integration

How to fix the breaks in Europe’s asylum system

Early in April, the European Commission published a Communication outlining its intention to substantially reform the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). As intended, it was followed up by substantial reform proposals for the “Dublin system” of allocating responsibility for asylum applications, and will end with a fully-harmonised European asylum system. From the outset, it’s fair… Read article ›

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