European parliamentary candidate Fabrice Leggeri and MP Edwige Diaz during a meeting to launch the RN’s campaign for the upcoming European elections in Marseille on March 3, 2024.
European parliamentary candidate Fabrice Leggeri and MP Edwige Diaz during a meeting to launch the RN’s campaign for the upcoming European elections in
With ex-Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri running for the Rassemblement National in the EU elections, boundaries between mainstream institutional politics and the far right seem ever more blurred. Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (RN) has long claimed an anti-establishment identity, irreducible to Left or Right. But its march to power also relies on winning institutional figures to its camp. One was Thierry Mariani, a minister under Nicolas Sarkozy who is today an RN member of the European Parliament (MEP). Yet on 17 ...
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Strange times, my dear!

Maryam Madjidi
The 'debate' about immigration, rewritten by Maryam Madjidi, winner of the Prix Goncourt for a first novelI invented the color of vowels!— A black, E white, I red, O blue, U green. —I regulated the form and movement of every consonant, and with instinctive rhythms I prided myself on inventing a poetic language accessible some day to all the senses, ~Arthur Rimbaud, “A Season in Hell”   In this crooked blind alley, as the chill descends, They feed fires With logs of song and poetry Hazard not a thought: These are strange times, my dear. ...
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The Atlas of Migration

Friedrich Burschel, Wenke Christoph, Johanna Elle, Sabine Hess, Christian Jakob, Bernd Kasparek, Stefanie Kron, Laura Lambert, Ramona Lenz, Carlos Lopes, Johanna Neuhauser, Mario Neumann, Jochen Oltmer, Maria Oshana, Massimo Perinelli, Matthias Schmidt-Se
Facts and figures about people on the moveMigration: a contested human right Migration is not a social outlier. Every modern society and every state in the world is also a result of human mobility. The migration issue nevertheless sparks heated political debates around the globe, while opinion formation among citizens, politicians, political parties, and movements often occurs along the axes of the migration question and policies of dealing with it. The myths and images that have emerged around the social phenomenon of migration are correspondingly powerful. Among the ...
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News Øresund, Sofie Paisley / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
News Øresund, Sofie Paisley / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Outgoing government: Infighting lead to the fall of the Danish right

Kasper Tonsberg Schlie, The Democracy in Europe Organisation (DEO)
Since its election in 2015, Denmark’s rightist government had been struggling to keep control of a chaotic coalition. The liberal party Venstre, led by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, insisted on keeping the minority government afloat by making a long range of devastating concessions to the ultra-liberalists in Liberal Alliance and the nationalists in Dansk Folkeparti. Demands for extreme measures against immigration and tax cuts for the wealthiest Danes shook the foundations of the government and caused voters to ...
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The Conclusions of the European Council meeting on June 28, 2018The trouble with migration policy, and by extension most border policy, is that it is always reactive, and never guided - or even inspired - by a positive vision for society. Nearly three years after the Summer of Migration, we might simply take account of what has occured since then, and conclude that the arrival of about one million people has neither threatened the social nor economic order in Europe and its societies of more than 500 million citizens. In longer retrospect, the Summer of Migration ...
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Image: Flazingo Photos / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 [creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/]
Image: Flazingo Photos / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 [creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/]
Network of land workers and migrants in EuropeUnder the auspices of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Brussels Office, the Network of land workers and migrants in Europe is convening for its founding meeting to exchange experiences and foster mutual understanding of migrant seasonal workers and identify common solutions at the national or EU and international level. The meeting will take place in Almería, Spain, 6-8 July 2018. The tender is for a service to develop a methodology to support the working group meeting, to prepare...
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Das Gewerkschaftshaus der Union Sindicale de Base (USB) im Ghetto von Foggia.
Das Gewerkschaftshaus der Union Sindicale de Base (USB) im Ghetto von Foggia.
Today, we can find cheap tomatoes from Italy in almost every supermarket and weekly farmers' market in Europe. However, the country of origin indicated on the vegetable crates or cans of tomatoes says nothing about the real living and working conditions on the fields and in the greenhouses of Southern Italy. But the price does, since it is the result of price pressure on producers and farmers and reflects the hard work of the exploited people who often work and live under slave-like conditions. The issue of migration to ...
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From Transit Hub to Dead End

Marianthi Anastasiadou, Athanasios Marvakis, Panagiota Mezidou, Marc Speer
A Chronicle of IdomeniIn spring 2016, after the formalized corridor across the Balkans was closed entirely, the informal refugee camp in Idomeni (at the border between the Greece and the Republic of Macedonia) was captured in the media glare for months. The story of Idomeni is, however, much more than the spectacle of a few months of human suffering and humanitarian aid. It started long before and continues until today. In the first chapter, it is described, how, and why, Idomeni became an important site of transit migration, with a growing number of migrants using ...
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Migrant detention in the EU: a thriving business – NOW IN GERMAN AND ITALIAN

Lydie Arbogast on behalf of Migreurop
Outsourcing and privatisation of migrant detentionIn the decade influenced by the september 11 attacks, a veritable "migration security market" sprang up, and the interests of european political leaders looking to militarize borders progressively converged with those of the main defence and security service providers. Migrant detention at the borders and within the EU plays an important role in the markets developed in response to political programmes to stem migration flows. By presenting the various facets of...
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This study was commissioned to establish an overview of the history and present state of migration policies in the European Union. It coincides with a period in the EU where migration policy is at the core of the political conflicts that are determining the state and the development of the European project. The summer of migration – that is, the mass arrival of refugees and migrants in Greece starting in early summer 2015, and their subsequent onward movement towards Scandinavia initially and Germany that found its preliminary end in ...
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