Posts Tagged ‘migration’

Debunking misconceptions about return migration

Written by Katie Kuschminder. Posted in Current opinions, Opinions


Thousands of migrants return home every day. So why do we still misunderstand what actually happens when they get there? In this article, Katie Kuschminder argues that reintegrating into an old society can be much harder than starting afresh in a new one.

Katie Kuschminder is a Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre’s Global Governance Programme, funded by a Rubicon Grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Katie’s research is in the field of international migration, with a current focus on irregular, transit and return migration.

Smuggling as care, not crime

Written by Henry Goodwin. Posted in Current features, Features


For all the bombast coming from Washington these days, it would be easy to think that the US-Mexico border is in crisis. Yet that is far from the truth. In fact, Gabriella Sanchez explains, life on the border is as it has been for centuries. Rather than building a wall, Sanchez suggests adopting a more considered and conciliatory approach to people smuggling as a way to alleviate suffering and increase our understanding of migration on the US-Mexico border.

Gabriella Sanchez is a Research Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre, based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. Having arrived in Florence from the University of Texas in El Paso in September, Sanchez plans to develop a body of comparative, evidence-based research on global smuggling practices.

The new normal

Written by Ellen Halliday. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Andrew Geddes

Andrew Geddes took up the Chair in Migration Studies and role of Director of the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) in January 2017. His current research, supported by an Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council, focuses on inter and intra-regional comparison of migration governance with a focus on Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and South America. He is also a speaker at The State of the Union 2017.

Shifting Discourse: From Sympathy to Stigma

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current profiles, Profiles

Ruth Wodak

In Europe, the influx of asylum seekers last year was initially accompanied by an outpouring of heartfelt public sympathy. Ordinary citizens offered up clothes, toiletries and even their spare rooms to asylum seekers. But in recent months, policymakers, reacting to their polities, have hardened their stance to favour the expulsion of refugees rather than open arms.

Beyond Trafficking and Slavery

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current publications, Publications

Beyond Trafficking and Slavery. Julia O’Connell Davidson & Neil Howard (eds). (Open Democracy, 2015) Trafficking, forced labour and slavery have emerged as major issues in today’s global milieu. It is near universally accepted by governments, NGOs and civil society that they have no place in societies which profess to be advanced and democratic. But how […]

Desperately searching for solidarity in EU asylum policies

Written by Author. Posted in Current opinions, Opinions

It remains woefully clear that the EU has neglected solidarity in its asylum and borders policies despite constitutionalisation by the Lisbon Treaty. Those policies were dominated by the idea of responsibility, with the Dublin regulation establishing that States must cope with their asylum seekers arriving at their borders.This principle, at odds with the idea of a European approach, led to a political debate where hypocrisy became the guiding principle.

Citizenship: the 21st century civil rights struggle?

Written by Olivia Arigho-Stiles. Posted in Current features, Features

The right to vote is considered a cornerstone of liberal democracy. But who wields the franchise depends on who holds citizenship. Securing this prized citizenship is often considered the ultimate indicator of happy integration into a new country; the zenith of the immigrant made-good story. As Rainer Bauböck, Professor of Social and Political Theory at the […]

A need for bold decisions

Written by Author. Posted in Current opinions, Opinions

The Syrian crisis is one of the many expressions of a radically changing landscape in the field of international migration and asylum that the EU needs to deal with boldly. The earlier watertight distinction between refugees and economic migrants no longer holds.