Italian Coast Guard Pulls Thousands of Migrants from the Mediterranean in 48 Hours

May 28th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston Between Thursday, May 18 and Saturday, May 20, 2017, the Italian coastguard reported pulling more than 5,000 people from the Mediterranean Sea. Most of them were in international waters, and just under 600 were picked up by the Libyan coastguard and returned to that country. Reports say that the number of migrants [...]

Bespoke Immigration Proposal for Scotland – Could It Work?

May 20th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston On 24 April 2017, the Scottish Trade Union Congress arrived in Aviemore for the start of the annual congress. On the agenda is a six-point proposal detailing a bespoke immigration plan that would allow Scotland to continue to accept European immigrants despite Brexit. This plan largely impacts industries in Scotland that rely [...]

Immigration Related Political Crime Wave in Germany

May 10th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston In 2016, more than 41,500 crimes of a political nature were recorded in Germany. More than 4,300 of those were considered violent, and in an immigration climate that includes the refugee crisis, all eyes are on the clash between anti-migrant voters and those who support open immigration. According to statistics released by [...]

Losing Immigrants Could Mean Serious Consequences for the UK

May 5th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston In the wake of Brexit, many have claimed that specific labour sectors in the UK will face serious consequences due to a lack of immigration. Sectors such as wholesale, retail, hospitality, health, and public administration have all been mentioned as areas where immigrant workers make up a significant portion of the labour [...]

On the Frontlines of EU Border Protection, More Funding is Needed

May 3rd, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston Last week, seven countries from the southern EU demanded that northern countries start footing their end of the bill when it comes to African refugee migration. With the Mediterranean Sea being crossed almost daily in dangerous journeys away from Libya and other countries, countries such as Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, France, Portugal, [...]

African Migrant Route to Italy Still Fraught with Peril

May 1st, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston On Easter weekend of this year, dozens of immigrants were rescued from the freezing waters off the coast of Italy. Africans fleeing the active slave trade, sexual assault, political persecution, and more. Many of these asylum seekers, like so many of the hundreds of thousands before them, were dead when they were [...]

Less Tolerant, or Just More Determined? Swedes After Stockholm Attack

April 26th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston Historically, Sweden has had its fair share of “fool me once” moments. Although Swedes have maintained a culture of welcoming hospitality for immigrants and refugees throughout the past several decades, moments such as the attack in Stockholm are starting to take their toll. Despite being one of the few nations to openly [...]

Poll Shows Europeans Want Muslim Migration Ban

April 5th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston When U.S. President Trump first enacted the 90-day ban on Muslim-majority states, which also froze refugee arrivals, Europe was initially outraged. From London Mayor Sadiq Khan to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump received severe criticism from many angles. While there was praise from right-wing parties such as Nigel Farage and Geert Wilders, the [...]

Post-Brexit Immigration to the UK Not Expected to Slow Down

March 29th, 2017|Europe|

By: Valerie Johnston Since the Brexit vote, many EU nationals are seeking residency cards in the UK. The rush to secure their right to stay in their country of residence resulted in more than 100,000 applications with the Home Office directly after the vote. In contrast, there were only 37,618 open applications for residency in [...]