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  • Migration and Integration

Will the 50,000 refugees in Greece be relocated, and will the humanitarian crisis recede?

The 50,000 asylum-seekers who got to Greece before the EU’s cut-off date of 20th March may seem to be the lucky ones, compared to those awaiting deportation from Lesbos and other islands. But the desperate conditions in Idomeni, Piraeus and in some of the official camps, and the snail-like pace of the EU’s relocation programme,… Read article ›

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  • Future Europe
  • Migration and Integration

The beginning of the end, or the start of something new?

From today, refugees and migrants who arrived in Greece after 20th March will be returned to Turkey as the result of last month’s widely-criticised deal. This latest attempt to ‘solve’ the migration crisis will likely see images screened around the world of the European authorities ‘being tough’ on those who arrive illegally. It is hoped… Read article ›

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  • Future Europe
  • Migration and Integration

Turkey, the European Union and the refugee crisis – a story of multiple failures

As the European Union’s leaders approach another summit focused on the refugee crisis, the EU has never looked more shambolic and less principled. While the EU’s heads of government have different views on tackling the refugee crisis, in essence they agree on one fundamental goal – stopping refugee flows into the Union. Fortress Europe is… Read article ›

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  • Migration and Integration
  • Quality Europe

Goslar must integrate refugees or face decline

Goslar is a central German town on the northern edge of the Harz Mountains. For a thousand years, its wealth was provided by the mineral deposits of the Rammelsberg Mountain, and today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site with many medium-sized businesses, year-round tourism and major industrial enterprises. But Goslar has been affected by demographic change and structural weakness. The town’s population of approximately… Read article ›