Democracy

Europe is spending billions to fight immigration: to what end? 

Wednesday 11 May 2022 | Francesca Spinelli
| Voxeurop

Launched in November 2015, the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) was intended to promote stability and fight against “the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons”. Five billion euros have been approved for 250 projects in 26 African countries. But what results has the fund produced?  


face of a woman behind bars

One in five people in EU prisons are in pretrial detention 

Tuesday 10 May 2022 | Carmen Torrecillas
Eva Belmonte
David Cabo
María Álvarez Del Vayo
Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Adrian Burtin
Kira Schacht
Laszlo Arato
María Zuil
Beatriz Walviesse
| Civio

People waiting for a final sentence often suffer worse conditions than convicted prisoners, even if they're innocent.


Hungarian prisons still take an austere approach 

Thursday 31 March 2022 | Laszlo Arato
| EUrologus

The Hungarian prison system has undergone a significant transformation in recent years: prison capacity has been expanded and institutions have been modernised. But imprisonment is only one form of punishment.


Digital Fortress Europe #2: Trapped in a digital surveillance system 

Saturday 30 April 2022 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

The impact of surveillance systems on vulnerable populations, money for Frontex drones, and monitoring the movement of citizens within the European area.


A conversation on surveillance in journalism 

Tuesday 22 March 2022 | Dimitri Bettoni
Federico Caruso
| OBC Transeuropa

From the Pegasus spyware investigation to mass surveillance: a dialogue with researcher Philip Di Salvo to understand the impact of new technologies for all those involved in journalism and beyond.


How was EUTF money used? 

Wednesday 04 May 2022 | Openpolis

As 2021 drew to a close, so too did the EUTF project, a “trust fund for Africa” created by the EU in order to address the causes of illegal immigration. Analysis shows that a large proportion of this funding was dedicated to border externalisation. 


Digital Fortress Europe #1: The ecosystem of European biometric monitoring and surveillance data 

Thursday 28 April 2022 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

"We are Black and border guards hate us. Their computers hate us too." – Adissu, living without immigration status in Brussels, Belgium*


Digital Fortress Europe #3: Automation and surveillance in Fortress Europe 

Monday 02 May 2022 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
Nikos Morfonios
| MIIR

Artificial intelligence and algorithms are at the heart of the EU’s new mobility-control system. High-risk automated decisions are being taken on human lives. It is an emerging multi-billion-euro unregulated market with dystopian 'smart' applications.


Power imbalances and freedom of consent in migration management 

Thursday 28 April 2022 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

The collection of personal information, including biometric and ethnicity data, is being used as a standard tool in migration management. The notion of consent is often disregarded, which is particularly problematic when minority and vulnerable groups are concerned.


Russia wants your data: cyber attacks are growing in the European Union 

Tuesday 08 March 2022 | Álvaro Merino
| El Orden Mundial

The shadow of Russia has always loomed over the internet, but the pandemic, which moved citizen’s lives into the digital sphere, saw a rise in security breaches within European businesses and institutions. Cyber attacks against key European sectors doubled in 2020. Although Brussels is working to plug the gaps, the invasion of Ukraine threatens to intensify the cyber war.