A collection of news articles, op-eds and thinkpieces on migration
Fire in Greek refugee and migrant camp
Devastating news this week from Lesvos, where a fire swept through and destroyed most of a refugee and migrant camp in Moria. Reportedly none of the 4000 residents got injured. Reports indicate that the fire may have been started by the migrants to protest long delays in their cases being processed and the conditions of their detention. Expecting little change and amongst high tensions between locals and the migrant community and its allies, some migrants in the camp suspect the fire will not be the last.
Across the country, migrants and refugees face dire conditions. Earlier this month, Human Rights Watch released a report on the over 3,300 unaccompanied minors who face arbitrary detention in Greece. Greece’s migration management is increasingly criticized but the responsibility ultimately lies with Western and Northern Europe’s migration policies that aim to keep migrants out of its borders. Consequently, around 50,000 are trapped in Greece failed by the EU relocation system.
Syrians employed as migrant farm workers in Turkey
Many Syrians in Turkey take on work at farms where they are exploited and earn as little as 20 lira a day - or sometimes, are not paid at all. The government’s new Private Employment Offices bill helps to institutionalize their exploitation by eliminating the responsibility to regulate workers’ conditions.
How far right politics are leading the polls
A long-form article lays out the rise of the far right embodied by political figures as Le Pen, Trump, Orbin and Farage - all connected through their xenophobic, Islamophobic and racist discourses. Not economic decline, but the loss of privilege fuels a new right-wing politics around the world.
Mapping migratory routes to Italy
A new initiative by Doctors for Human Rights presents an online map of migratory routes from Sub-Saharan Africa to Italy based and told through the testimonies of 1000 migrants. Check out Exodi here.