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EU puts ‘Dublin to bed’ and launches New Pact on Migration and Asylum.

The overcrowded Moria camp has become an image of a failed collective effort to create cross-European solidarity for refugees and asylum seekers. On 23 September 2020 the European Commission launched their New Pact on Migration and Asylum aimed at replacing the heavily criticized Dublin Regulation. But what exactly is the ‘Dublin problem’ – and which solutions do the new pact hold? Four migration researchers offer their views below.

Understanding the inferno on Lesbos: – We need new perspectives on migration to solve this situation

– We need new perspectives on migration to solve this situation.

Anthropologist and Associate Professor at the University of Bergen, Synnøve Kristine Nepstad Bendixsen, shares her reflections on the EU’s hot spot policy, the refugee camp as political and repressive space, the problematic distinction between ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’, and the dire need for a new turn in Europe’s asylum policy.

Scrutinizing discourses of international protection with Professor Philippe-Joseph Salazar

Professor Salazar starts by addressing PROTECT’s involvement in mapping and analyzing discourses of international protection in order to assist the European Commission, its funding agency, in framing a common asylum policy:   Discourse of self-perceived position of power It is first of all interesting to notice how the funding agency expects most of the discourses to crystallize in the […]

Eight months in: What have we been up to?

Eight months have passed since PROTECT’s official project launching. Since then, the PROTECT researchers have been working and researching remotely during the Corona-induced lockdowns. In this article you can explore the status of PROTECT’s individual Work Packages and what is next on the agenda for our researchers.

Who is (un)protected by the law?

– Migration is an important field of law because legal status makes an enormous difference. If you have status as ‘citizen’ you are protected by the law in a completely different way than refugees and migrants. These were the opening remarks of Professor Siri Gloppen, who earlier this week invited four migration researchers to present […]

The virtual 2020 ECPR Conference: explore the PROTECT panel and papers

Political Scientists from across the world are coming together for a virtual edition of the 2020 European Consortium for Political Research’s annual General Conference on 24 – 28 August. PROTECT researcher and Executive Scientific Coordinator, Pierre Van Wolleghem chairs the panel The Politics of International Protection: New Perspectives in the Post-Global Compacts Era on 25 […]

Interviewing PROTECT’s Independent Ethics Adviser Emanuela Ceva:

Eleven partner institutions and Work Packages, nine countries, and three years of cross-disciplinary research: in her role as PROTECT’s Independent Ethics Adviser, Emanuela Ceva’s outsider perspective will assist the consortium in navigating through complex ethical issues and blind spots that may arise along the way: – They may be elusive, but ethical issues are ubiquitous across the entire research actives of large research projects as PROTECT.

Job opening: Two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Science and Social Anthropology

Work with us! Position: Two Postdoctoral Research FellowshipsField(s): Social Anthropology and Political Science Application deadline: 25 August 2020, 12 am (CET) > Read more about PROTECT’s research > Read more about PROTECT’s Catania team August 2020: Two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Political Science and Social Anthropology The Department of Political and Social Sciences of the […]

PROTECT Expert Forum 2020

Forum title: Opportunity or Threat: receiving refugees in Europe and the effects of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants When: 13-14 November 2020 Where: University of Geneva, Switzerland Hosts: Professor Elspeth Guild, Queen Mary University of London and Professor Sandra Lavenex, University of Geneva Background In 2019 the UN concluded two years of stocktaking […]