Shifting Tides: Radical-Right Populism and Immigration Policy in Europe and the United States

Recent elections in Europe and the United States have seen a rise in support for candidates touting populist radical-right policies, particularly in the area of immigration and asylum. While these platforms vary from country to country, they are often imbued with a sense of exclusive nationalism, distrust of elites, and desire to tighten borders and cut immigration. The politicians who espouse these positions have seen mixed electoral results, but whether in office or in the opposition, they have played a pronounced role in reshaping policy agendas, public discourse, and the priorities of more mainstream political actors.


Between the devil and the deep blue sea: Europe fails refugees and migrants in the central Mediterranean

Index number: EUR 30/8906/2018. This briefing reveals the devastating impact of policies which have resulted in the surge in deaths of refugees and migrants at sea during June and July 2018. It highlights new Italian policies which have left people stranded at sea for days and analyzes how European Union (EU) countries are conspiring to contain refugees and migrants in Libya, where they are exposed to torture and abuse.

“Forgotten at the gates of Europe. [Olvidados a las puertas de Europa]”

En mayo de 2015, la Comisión Europea presentó la Agenda Europea para las Migraciones, cuyo objetivo era dar respuesta a los retos que supone el aumento de la llegada de migrantes y refugiados a Europa. Tres años después, estas llegadas han disminuido, y los legisladores afirman que su plan funcionó. “Sin embargo, la realidad es que la gente sigue muriendo tratando de llegar a Europa”, dice Claudia Bonamini, responsable de políticas e incidencia pública del JRS Europa y, como lo demuestra el incidente del Aquarius, la acogida a quienes lo intentan es cada vez más fría”. En su último informe, “Forgotten at the gates of Europe [Olvidados a las puertas de Europa]”, el JRS Europa pide cambios sustanciales en las políticas ad hoc hacia un Sistema Europeo Común de Asilo que haga honor a su nombre.

Annual report on Ecri’s activities. Unrelenting rise in xenophobic populism, resentment, hate speech in Europe in 2017

Xenophobic populism and hate speech have continued to be on the rise in 2017, with high levels of migration and challenges of integration, religious extremism, terrorist attacks and the austerity-driven socio-economic climate observed all over Europe, says the annual report of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) published today.


Scaling up Refugee Resettlement in Europe: The Role of Institutional Peer Support

With pressure mounting on EU Member States to create and scale up refugee resettlement programs, many have turned to peers in other countries for information, advice, and operational support. This report maps the many forms resettlement-focused peer-support initiatives take and discusses common stumbling blocks and strategies for policymakers and program designers looking to make the most of these critical exchanges.

Mainstreaming 2.0: How Europe’s Education Systems Can Boost Migrant Inclusion

Rising numbers of young immigrants and refugees entering European schools following the 2015–16 migration crisis strained system capacity and injected new urgency into debates about how to support diverse learners and their families. This report examines the challenges facing European education systems and identifies key lessons to improve migrant inclusion in schools and integration more broadly.


Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking and Exploitation: Evidence from the Central and Eastern Mediterranean Migration Routes

There are specific risk factors associated with increased migrant vulnerability to exploitation, violence, abuse and human trafficking, according to a new report published yesterday (21/12) by IOM, the UN Migration Agency. The report, titled Migrant Vulnerability to Human Trafficking and Exploitation: Evidence from the Central and Eastern Mediterranean Migration Routes, analyses quantitative data on vulnerability factors, as well as personal experiences of abuse, violence, exploitation, and human trafficking collected over the past two years from 16,500 migrants in seven countries. While other IOM reports have documented the scale of exploitation on the main migration routes to Europe, this report is the first to identify key factors associated with increased vulnerability to exploitation and human trafficking during the journey. The data comes from IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).