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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 […]

Disaster Foretold: Refugees in Moria at risk after fires. What now, EU?

As much as the Greek state tries to present the fire and misery that unfolded as an unpredictable event and a state of emergency, this disaster was preventable, foreseeable and, therefore, foretold and avoidable. It is the outcome of a series of inadequate and patchy political decisions as well as the largely exclusionary, discriminatory and deterrent policies that have been implemented within and beyond the EU’s borders.

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.

The Global Compacts and the Long Journey of the Refugee Regime

From the definition of refugees to the practical implementation of the right to asylum, refugee regimes are an issue leading to sharp political divisions or outright stand-off in a number of countries. Is this no-exit-road impression the truth of the matter, and what are the prospects of the Global Compact in this not-so-rosy scenario?

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 […]