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When “vulnerability” is at stake: discourses on precarious lives in Marseille

Last November, as France was envisaging a gradual exit from its second national COVID-lockdown, the police evacuated several apartment buildings in the Petit Séminaire low-income apartment blocks (HLM) in the Quartiers Nord of Marseille, one of the poorest suburbs in Europe. The city council had previously issued a decree of imminent danger due to the unsafe condition of the buildings. For several months, the flats had been squatted by between 150 and 300 West- African asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. This eviction allows us to unpack some dimensions of vulnerability in the French socio-political context and perhaps provide answers to what it takes to be ‘vulnerable person’ when you are an asylum seeker or an undocumented migrant.

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.

Graveyards of Human Rights: thoughts on the refugee camps on Lesvos in light of the UNHCR’s 70th ann

Cases of sexual violence inside refugee camps are often presented as if they were tragic accidents, or natural and isolated events. However, sexual violence is endemic to refugee camps and it has escalated over time. Despite these facts, evidence and warnings, refugee populations are systematically abandoned into structurally harmful environments which not only allow, but also create the conditions for such atrocious acts of violence to take place.

Who says what? Studying social media discourses on international protection

Who’s name is mentioned more frequently in social media content related to refuge and migration: Angelina Jolie, Pope Francis, or Donal Trump? Are some refugee groups mentioned more frequently than others? Do social media discussions respond to real world events related to asylum and migration policy? In this vlog, Anamaria Dutceac Segesten presents some of PROTECT’s preliminary results from our research on social media discourses on refugees and migrants.

(Re)visit our Expert Forums

In November 2020, the PROTECT Consortium 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.