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PROTECT MEETS THE RAFTO LAUREATE OF 2021

Every year since 1987, the Rafto Foundation, an international human rights organization in Bergen, Norway, recognizes human rights defenders and those fighting against oppression by awarding the Rafto Prize to people or organizations most deserving of it.

This year’s Rafto Prize laureate is the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) of San Francisco, California.

PROTECT partner presentations: The Open University

Simon Usherwood is the Principal Investigator of The Open University and a deputy member of Protect’s Steering Committee. Usherwood’s background in studying eurosceptic groups across Europe overlaps clearly with the Protect objectives, while his very extensive public engagement activities as the former Deputy Director of the ESRC “UK in a Changing Europe” program has given him much experience […]

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.