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(Re)visit our Expert Forums

In November 2020, the PROTECT Consortium has organized three separate Expert Forums addressing current protection challenges in three regions of the world: Europe, Canada/North America and South(ern) Africa. We gathered high profile academics, representatives from civil society, NGOs, and IOs with extensive experience in the field, to discuss and evaluate the performance of the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migrants in these three regions.

Implementing the Marrakesh Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: commentary on the IOM re...

On 11 and 12 November 2020, IOM is hosting a regional meeting of UNECE countries (56 countries in Europe and North America) to examine progress on the Marrakesh Compact. Many states have submitted reports on their actions (though far from all in the region) and many IOs and other stakeholders have made submissions for consideration. In this blog, after examining the structure of the meeting, I will look specifically at the submission by the EU outlining how it has sought to comply with the Compact objectives.

How do we talk about migration and asylum issues on social media?

In social sciences, analysis of media topics is used as a way to identify important political and social issues that circulate in media. Gatekeepers in traditional media like newspapers and television can both emphasize or omit certain aspects, and thus frame issues.  In so doing, they actively shape the discourse of a topic to fit […]

Meet our new colleagues!

Six new researchers have recently joined the PROTECT Consortium: Kudakwashe Vanyoro, Mike Farjam, Pascaline Chappart, Evgenia Iliadou, Nicholas Maple, and Nicolette Busuttil.

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.