European migration policy and the rise of populism
Matteo Salvini in Italy, Viktor Orban in Hungary, Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Poland, Sebastian Kurz in Austria, Andrej Babiš in Czech Republic. All can be qualified as ‘right-wing populists’. Behind the word, a common vision: to embody the will of the people - the so-called ‘silent majority’- while rejecting minority groups, especially migrants. Focus on the consequences of rising populism on European migration policy and the initiatives to counter it.
European solidarity put to the test by burgeoning xenophobia
As some European political leaders adopted speeches and political measures openly hostile to refugees and migrants, xenophobia is spreading all over the EU, therefore potentially affecting the upcoming May European Parliament elections. Is a common European policy on immigration and asylum still an option? What about European solidarity?Read more
"If we are to succeed in eliminating populism and defeating populists, cities must speak directly to their citizens"
The German city of Dresden belongs to several networks of European cities supporting the reception of migrants and refugees. For a few years now, the city has been developing action plans to promote hospitality and to tackle anti-immigration views. Meet Dirk Hilbert, Dresden’s Mayor.
The other impact of the 2015 crisis: unprecedented mass mobilisation
Even if less media-exposed than anti migrants and anti-refugees speeches and measures, civil society actions grew significantly in the EU since the 2015 ‘refugee crisis’. Overview of these solidarity initiatives.
Europe divided about the adoption of the Global Compact for Migration
The UN’s Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration was adopted last December in spite of a few European States’ objections. Analysis of a controversy highlighting the growing influence of European populist rhetoric on a global scale.
Migration and the rise of populism: how closely related are they?Oliviero Angeli, lecturer of political theory at the University of Dresden and scientific coordinator of the Mercator Forum on Migration and Democracy (MIDEM).
"Did migration contribute to the recent rise of right-wing populism in Europe? At first glance, the question seems trivial. For most right-wing populist parties in Europe put the immigration issue on the top of their agenda exploiting anxieties over cultural disintegration and rising crime"
Cities, towns and organisations have been working to host and integrate migrants and refugees in both France and Germany since 2015. They now want to work more closely together, share their experiences and play a larger role in directing European policy...
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Bosnia struggling to cope with migrants arrivals at the Croatian border
On the 4th of November, violence erupted between migrants in a former factory in Velika Kladuša (Bosnia-Herzegovina), where they had been transferred following their eviction from the Croatian border.
Italy: approval of the controversial Salvini Decree-Law
The controversial “Salvini Decree-Law” was approved by the Italian Senate on the 7th of November and Parliament on the 28th of November, further hardening the Italian government’s stance on migration.
Increased surveillance along the Channel in response to rising numbers of migrant crossings
In a press release from the 24th of January, the French Ministry of the Interior announced that a joint action plan had been signed with the United Kingdom to tackle illegal migrant crossings on the Channel.
European elections: an extreme right-wing alliance to combat “pro-immigrant” parties
On Wednesday the 9th of January, the Italian minister of the Interior and leader of the Lega party Matteo Salvini met his Polish counterpart Joachim Brudzinski, the leader of the national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, in an attempt to unite extreme right-wing and nationalist parties in preparation for May’s European elections.