Coronavirus

How Europe’s prisons have fared in the Covid-19 pandemic 

Monday 06 December 2021 | Kira Schacht
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

Prisons make fertile breeding grounds for viruses, yet administrations have revealed little about Covid-19 cases, deaths and vaccinations in Europe’s prisons. Data from 32 countries show the pandemic’s impact on prisons.


inmate holding prison bars

"With the pandemic, it was a prison within a prison” 

Tuesday 14 December 2021 | Margot Hemmerich
| Alternatives Economiques

Aurélie, 27, spent several years in prison. Maxime, 35, was an inmate in the Paris region, where the overcrowding rate is 160%. Like 13,000 other prisoners, he got out thanks to early-release measures enacted between March and May 2020. They told us their stories. 


prison building

France: The pandemic has exposed a dysfunctional prison system 

Monday 13 December 2021 | Margot Hemmerich
| Alternatives Economiques

While the poor state of French prisons led many to fear a serious health crisis in the wake of Covid-19, the worst of those fears have not materialised. However, the drastic lockdown measures have done nothing to benefit the mental health of detainees. Nor have they led to any serious reevaluation of the system itself.


Western Balkans: the pandemic penalises the youngest 

Thursday 02 September 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

High unemployment rates, increasingly apparent inequalities, and the digital divide. In the WB6, the crisis risks leaving young people behind and provoking a new wave of migration, but it could also offer new opportunities to revive economies.


The pandemic and young people in the Balkans 

Monday 30 August 2021 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

The Covid-19 restrictive measures in the Balkans risk putting young people – a segment of the population that has been in constant demographic decline for years – in even more difficulty. A look at the pandemic and the state of the vaccination campaign in the Balkans for the youngest population.


What a year of pandemic tells us about European healthcare systems 

Wednesday 28 April 2021 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Janine Louloudi
| MIIR

Mainly three things: the number of doctors and nurses and the population density of a region are more important indicators than the number of ICUs in predicting Covid-19 deaths, there does not appear to be a causal association between per-capita numbers of ICUs and deaths from Covid, and excess mortality showed a correlation with the "pandemic waves".


The uncountable: How Covid-19 affected migrants and refugees’ health 

Friday 15 January 2021 | Emanuela Barbiroglio
| VoxEurop

With COVID-19 in the spotlight, refugees and undocumented migrants disappeared from public attention. Precisely what swept these communities away from the agenda, however, disproportionately affected them.


The impact of EU funds on Covid-19 crisis management 

Friday 19 February 2021 | Openpolis

Before the implementation of additional allocations such as the recovery fund, one of the first instruments put in place by the EU was the possibility for states to redirect their own European funds to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. Let's see how this process played out, in Italy and in other countries.


Pandemic has prevented many migrants from reaching Europe 

Friday 30 April 2021 | Anne Damiani
| Euractiv

The various COVID-19 related lockdowns and closures of the EU’s borders have reduced mobility, particularly of migrants. First-time asylum applications fell by 37 percent between 2019 and November 2020.


Vaccines and Covid-19: the Western Balkans feel excluded 

Friday 22 January 2021 | Francesco Martino
| OBC Transeuropa

Doubts, controversies, delays. Vaccination campaigns against Covid-19 in the Western Balkans have only started in Serbia and Albania, while the other countries in the area risk dangerous delays, despite some support initiatives promoted by the European Union