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EU migration policy is getting tougher: the 3 new tactics used to keep African migrants out

        By Chris Changwe Nshimbi, University of Pretoria and Inocent Moyo, University of Zululand     Nearly a decade has passed since migration to Europe from Africa and the Middle East reached a peak in 2015, referred to as the year of the “migrant crisis”. Over a million people from Africa and the Middle East applied for asylum in the European Union (EU). Since then, numbers have […]

todayJune 11, 2024 12


Emigration: The hidden catalyst behind the rise of the radical right in Europe’s depopulating regions

Smaller towns and villages in Sweden have suffered economically as a result of out-migration. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images     By Rafaela Dancygier, Princeton University and David Laitin, Stanford University     Earlier this spring, the European Parliament voted to overhaul its immigration policy to more evenly distribute responsibility among member states for managing the arrival of migrants and asylum-seekers. Lurking in the details of the agreement, however, are provisions […]

todayJune 7, 2024 8


We polled EU citizens on what they want asylum policy to look like – their answers may surprise you

Asylum seekers arriving on the Greek island Lesvos in 2015. Nicolas Economou/Shutterstock     By Natalia Letki, University of Warsaw; Dawid Walentek, Ghent University; Peter Thisted Dinesen, University of Copenhagen, and Ulf Liebe, University of Warwick     The issues of migration and asylum are contentious in Europe, and have caused deep rifts among EU member states for years. These topics are fully on the agenda for the 2024 EU elections. […]

todayJune 6, 2024 11


UK-Rwanda migrant deal challenges international protection law

    By Cristiano d'Orsi, University of Johannesburg     In late April 2024 the British parliament passed a law – the Safety of Rwanda Act – enabling it to transport migrants arriving in the UK to Rwanda. When the legislation was approved by parliament, there were 52,000 asylum seekers who could potentially be sent to Rwanda. The law has been condemned by a range of UN actors, human rights […]

todayMay 22, 2024 10


Five people die attempting to cross the English Channel

United Kingdom Rishi Sunak's Rwanda bill will finally become law after a parliamentary showdown ended late in the night. According to the BBC, plans to send some asylum seekers to Africa have met with fierce criticism, but the bill passed on Monday when the Lords dropped their opposition. Sunak said in a statement "Nothing will stand in our way" now of getting flights off the ground". Meanwhile, French authorities say […]

todayApril 23, 2024 12


Even many critics of the Rwanda deportation policy are missing the point of why it’s wrong

  By Ẹniọlá Ànúolúwapọ́ Ṣóyẹmí, University of Oxford   The UK government’s proposals to send asylum seekers arriving to the UK onto Rwanda continue to spark intense opposition. This includes opposition from right-wing Conservative MPs who don’t think the plan goes far enough. Several recently attempted a rebellion against the latest bill, arguing that it failed to conclusively stop refugees from legally challenging their own deportation to Rwanda. The government’s […]

todayFebruary 5, 2024 13


UK Parliament debates controversial Rwanda migration legislation

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's flagship Rwanda migration legislation returns to Parliament later today. There will be votes on a series of proposed amendments to the bill, which would see some asylum seekers sent to Rwanda for the processing of their claims. Conservative MP Damian Green acknowledges there is division in the governing party over how to bring illegal immigration down.  

todayJanuary 16, 2024 6


UK Home Secretary visiting Rwanda

UK Home Secretary James Cleverly is in Rwanda to sign a treaty with the country to see some asylum seekers sent there to process their claims. While the opposition Labour party says the plan is an expensive 'gimmick', immigration minister Robert Jenrick insists the treaty is an important moment in cutting illegal immigration.

todayDecember 5, 2023 9