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Project Leader Hakan G. Sicakkan reflects upon PROTECT’s first year

Covid-19 has not only slowed down our fieldwork but has also sneaked insidiously into all parts of PROTECT – into our survey questionnaires, interview guides, data grids, and discussion fora – as we encountered its effects on refugees and international protection in the natural course of our research. It is currently on its way into PROTECT’s global cleavage theory.

What does the new EU budget have in store for migration and asylum? The effect of crises on EU spend...

While the COVID-19 crisis is slowing down in Europe, EU member states have once again been called to decide on the priorities of the Union for the next seven years and agree on a massive recovery fund to mend the damages the pandemic has done to the EU’s economy. As Romanian Ministry of European Affairs, George Ciamba declared while his country held the rotating Presidency of the Council: “The European Budget is a reflection of how we see the European Union in the future”.

On 21 July 2020, after four days and nights of intense negotiations, EU leaders reached an agreement and announced the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). As far as migration and border policy are concerned, the new MFF as agreed upon by the European Council looks little like the budget the Commission had in mind in the first place.

PROTECT partner presentations: The University of Surrey

The University of Surrey in southern England is one of two UK-based partners that is contributing to Protect in a number of key areas. The team is led by Professor of Politics, Simon Usherwood. Joining him are Surrey colleagues Dr. Alia Middleton, Dr. Theofanis Exadaktylos, and Dr. Evgenia Iliadou.

PROTECT represented at the first Global Refugee Forum

Photo of Hakan Sicakkan

In December 2019, the project leader of PROTECT Hakan G. Sicakkan participated in a first gathering in Geneva for the UN High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) Global Academic Network. The gathering took place as part of the UN’s Global Refugee Forum and coincided with the first year anniversary of the two UN Global Compacts on […]