Leiden Islam Blog

Dossier: European Migrant Crisis

  • The Ongoing Search for the Promised Land

    The Ongoing Search for the Promised Land

    Before we start criminalising economic migrants as fortune seekers, we should realise that Western culture itself has spread the idea of fortune seeking across the globe. We are all in the same boat, but perhaps we have been searching in the wrong place.
  • The Future of EU Asylum Law

    The Future of EU Asylum Law

    With the ink of the latest recasts barely dry, the Commission is already pushing for new reforms of EU asylum law. The goal: a unified European asylum policy.
  • EU-Turkey deal: good on paper, bad in practice

    EU-Turkey deal: good on paper, bad in practice

    The goals of the agreement between the EU and Turkey on asylum seekers are fine, the text of the deal is in accordance with the law, but its application is currently not in accordance with human rights standards.
  • The Jungle and the Right to Family Unification

    The Jungle and the Right to Family Unification

    A UK Tribunal has ruled that four asylum seekers from ‘the Jungle’ of Calais have to be reunited with their family members in the UK while awaiting an asylum decision.
  • Access to health care: also for refugees?

    Access to health care: also for refugees?

    Under Dutch law, refugees start paying for health insurance overnight once asylum is granted or denied, threatening their right to access to health care.
  • Refugees: From Problem to Crisis

    Refugees: From Problem to Crisis

    Recently the media have stopped reporting on the refugee ‘problem’ and started providing daily updates on the developing refugee ‘crisis’. This blog examines the positive and negative aspects of this shift in rhetoric and suggests how to limit its risks.
  • The Dutch Response to the Refugee Crisis

    The Dutch Response to the Refugee Crisis

    In the wake of the refugee crisis many countries in the EU seem to be struggling in finding a proper response to the influx of migrants coming to the Continent. To what extent is the Dutch response putting Schengen in the pressure-cooker?
  • The European migrant crisis – a better future ahead?

    The European migrant crisis – a better future ahead?

    Today, the European Committee presented a proposal for binding quotas to allow for a fairer distribution of asylum seekers across Europe. Moreover, private initiatives to assist asylum seekers are popping up everywhere
  • If immigration is a crime…

    If immigration is a crime…

    Criminalization of migrants in an irregular situation is an issue rarely raised by EU bodies. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency opens the discussion, it dusts off the EU Facilitation Directive and takes it for a fundamental rights check.
  • The impact of framing and deportation

    The impact of framing and deportation

    Recent media attention for the deportation of an Afghan man does not only show the importance of framing in the migration debate, but also demonstrates that we know very little about what happens to people after their forced removal.
  • The complexities of immigration control

    The complexities of immigration control

    There have been reports of increasing numbers of asylum seekers. Are policy responses focusing on combating human smuggling and guarding Europe´s external borders effective, or does the complex policy field of immigration control face greater challenges?
  • Uncanny Immigrants

    Uncanny Immigrants

    Although comics are mostly thought of as fantasy tales, sometimes they are closer to reality than we would think.
  • Climate ‘non-refugees’ in search of protection

    Climate ‘non-refugees’ in search of protection

    In the face of rising sea levels, the inhabitants of Kiribati and Tuvalu consider future migration whilst fiercely rejecting the notion of being ‘refugees’. With their countries possibly becoming extinct in the foreseeable future, the question arises why?
  • The moral dilemma of medical refugees

    The moral dilemma of medical refugees

    It seems that there are only two types of migrants crossing into Europe: those fleeing war and oppression and those seeking work. I want to focus on one group that does not fit either category: those entering Europe illegally to obtain medical treatment.
  • Anti-refugee rhetoric as discrimination

    Anti-refugee rhetoric as discrimination

    The suggestion of the Dutch VVD to stop admitting any refugees was widely condemned for its detrimental consequences and incompatibility with international law. How such measures relate to discrimination has not been discussed widely.