For A Robust Policy Of Integration Of Refugees

Claus Offe, Emeritus Professor in Political Sociology, sets out the options available to policy makers in the EU for managing the refugee crisis and argues that they have the choice between seeing the integration of migrants as either an opportunity to renew the ageing populations of Europe or a challenge to be overcome. The introduction of a thought-provoking book by Anthony de Jasay on political … Continue reading For A Robust Policy Of Integration Of Refugees

Has liberalism gone missing in East Central Europe, or has it always been absent?

The refugee crisis highlights that it is time to reassess the contribution of East Central Europe’s mainstream parties of ‘liberals’ who are better at winning elections than at being liberal. James Dawson and Seán Hanley, experts in Central and East European politics at UCL, investigate. Images from Hungary showing security forces turning tear gas and water cannon on refugees from behind a newly fortified border … Continue reading Has liberalism gone missing in East Central Europe, or has it always been absent?

A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

Gëzim Krasniqi, Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, traces the shifting routes chosen by refugees from Syria—and how the EU’s lack of a coordinated policy has been turning the Syrian tragedy into a European one. It has left the Balkan states with a refugee crisis impossible to master. The current mass movement of refugees and migrants to Europe crossing several state … Continue reading A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

Politics, nation and identity in the midst of Hungary’s refugee crisis

Erin Marie Saltman, senior researcher at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, discusses the current refugee crisis, and explores the politics of Hungary’s response to it.   Hungarian political discourse has taken a dark turn as the refugee crisis has been enveloped with fear of a nation losing its identity. The current crisis that now dominates headlines has shown images of Syrian refugees quarantined within Hungarian train … Continue reading Politics, nation and identity in the midst of Hungary’s refugee crisis