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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.

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!

Four new researchers have recently joined the PROTECT Consortium: Pascaline Chappart, Evgenia Iliadou, Nicholas Maple, and Nicolette Busittil. While Chappart, Iliadou and Maple are all contributing to the fieldwork of Work Package 4, Busuttil is involved in the legal research of Work Package 2.

Migration flows to Europe: a new Tunisian exodus

In Tunisia, deterioration of the economic situation, a rising unemployment rate and the reduction of civil rights is currently causing a new flow of Tunisian migrants heading for Italy, seeking both work and safety in Europe. The silent, growing and continuous exodus from Tunisia is a new form of migration and should spark a revision of international norms on international protection and a new form of migration governance aiming at capturing determinants, processes, and outcomes of the actual migration. What can the Tunisian exodus teach us about current protection needs?

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.