In European migration policy, at the nexus of sustainable thinking and institutional limitations, the practice of repatriating migrants has emerged as one of the most widespread practices to outweigh migrant inflows. Brought on by a late modern rhetoric of ‘migrant crisis’ and ‘social unrest’, policymakers in European states and at the level of the EU…
Can we achieve security through development aid? The case of the US and Mexico
Many of us today believe that development aid is an honourable pursuit stemming from pure intentions, and I will admit: that may very well be the case. But I would like to introduce the (potentially cynical) idea that development idea has been instrumentalised by countries for reasons that are not so much related to development…
2020 Tokyo Olympics: A Case Study in the Japanese Migration Problem
One issue that is becoming increasingly salient is migration in all its forms. Historically, Japan has been averse to letting migrants in and the legacies of this mindset are becoming evident. During the first round of ticket sales for the Olympics, 70% of tickets for the events were reserved to Japanese residents. International applications had to be made via your country’s national olympic committee later that month.
Den of Thieves or Family Neighborhood? the Cost of Vilifying Refugee Communities
‘Exarcheia, Europe’s largest anarchist neighborhood based in central Athens, has become one of the most vilified neighborhoods in the West. Upon the recent election of a new anti-immigration prime minister, places like Exarcheia, that hold more refugees in a few blocks than enter the United States in a calendar year, find themselves increasingly endangered. Are…
The Fate of the Pacific Island-States (or What Happens When Nation-States are Wiped Off the Face of the Earth)
the idea of a state physically disappearing might become a reality in the near future. Were a Pacific island-state to physically disappear, would it be able to survive without territory?
Mediterranean Sea Rescue and the Denial of Responsibility: Symptoms of the European Border Problem
Until this moment, the outsourcing of the border control has often allowed the EU to avoid the legal responsibilities that would arise according to international law. On top of that, the creation of a hostile environment for humanitarian NGOs operating in the Mediterranean Sea has created a de facto ‘dead zone’
The Rohingya Crisis: Long Forgotten yet Far From Solved
The most crucial question then appears to be: why has nobody intervened yet? In international relations, allies are extremely crucial in moments of crisis or war and Myanmar has very powerful ones: China and India.
Turning Challenge into Opportunity: The Upcoming Bangladeshi Climate Migration Crisis
It is prone to floods and droughts in the lowlands and storm ravages on the coastlines. This combination of vulnerability and threats could make climate change the country’s number-one driver of internal migration.
Opinion: Australia’s dirty secret
On the global stage Australia is morally righteous, condemning breaches of human rights worldwide, yet domestically they are guilty of breaching those very same rights themselves, creating a hypocritical situation.