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The continuum of violence and death on the Greek island of Lesvos

Although one might think that death would be the last act of a lethal political game which is played at refugees’ expense and that death itself would serve as a figurative border beyond which violence would not carry on and inflict suffering. My research indicates that violence also continues in death and even beyond the moment of death. Violence continues to be inflicted upon the lifeless bodies which are washed ashore, the unidentified and missing persons, the shipwreck survivors, the families, and even whole communities.

Back to the future? Questioning EU’s renewed approach to returns and readmission

Migrants boarding plane accompanied by IOM officials

In February 2021, the European Commission published a new Communication on ‘Enhancing cooperation on return and readmission as part of a fair, effective and comprehensive EU migration policy’. The document, which outlines the first assessment on the state of readmission cooperation with third countries, identifies obstacles and challenges, as well as potential incentives to step […]

Syrian civil war at 10: the refugee crisis at a glance

The Syrian civil war has been waging for ten years and the consequences for Syria, Syrians, the neighboring states, and the region have been devastating. The crisis has left over 6.6 million Syrians in need of protection and resettlement. Still, a handful of neighboring states continue to host the majority of Syrian refugees.

Five New PROTECT Researchers

PROTECT welcomes five new colleagues at the start of 2021. While our Giessen team expands with one; Pauline Endres de Oliveira, the University of Catania team welcomes four; Dr. Giovanna Cavatorta, Dr. Iole Fontana, and Dr. Marcello Carammia, and Dr. Danilo Di Mauro.

NOK 1 million to PROTECT’s New Communication and Dissemination Network

The funding is part of the Norwegian Research Council’s Supplementary Funding for Norwegian Participants in Horizon 2020 projects (see fact box). – With this funding, we can disseminate relevant results to the Norwegian government, and political and humanitarian actors. This will significantly accelerate the transfer of knowledge between academia and politics, says Project leader Hakan G. Sicakkan.