Italy is stuck in a European brain drain 

Tuesday 14 March 2023 | Giuseppe Chiellino
| Il Sole 24 Ore

Fewer and fewer young people, fewer and fewer graduates. Thirteen of Italy's twenty-one regions are not only in demographic decline, they are also struggling to get the remaining young people through third-level education. And it is not just the South that is struggling.

Ukrainians welcome, other refugees unwanted 

Wednesday 18 January 2023 | Kostas Zafeiropoulos
Corina Petridi

2022 was the year when Fortress Europe put on its human face. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused the largest refugee crisis since World War II, and xenophobic voices about the risk of destabilization of European states have suddenly been put aside.

How the EU spent billions to halt migration from Africa  

Tuesday 12 April 2022 | Gianna-Carina Grün
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

Fight irregular migration, return and reintegrate migrants, create more legal pathways to the EU: The European Union set high goals with its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. DW examines whether the EUTF achieved them. 

EU uses development aid to strongarm Africa on migration 

Wednesday 13 April 2022 | Kira Schacht
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

EU development programs such as the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa prioritize curbing migration over fostering development, critics say. How does the EUTF square with the stated aims of the European Union's aid policies?

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. 

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?  

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.

How many Ukrainian refugees are there in the European Union – and where? 

Tuesday 26 April 2022 | Gianluca De Feo
| OBC Transeuropa

Since the beginning of the war, many Ukrainians – but also Russians – have been seeking refuge in the countries of the European Union. Where are they going, and which are the countries that already hosted the largest Ukrainian communities?

How Germany manages EU funds in Africa 

Thursday 14 April 2022 | Kira Schacht
| Deutsche Welle (DW)

Germany is the biggest state donor to the European Union's Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, which was established in 2015 to curb irregular migration to the EU. Where did that money go? And what comes next?

lowsection of Ukrainian immigrants with luggage

Is the EU's asylum system ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees? 

Monday 04 April 2022 | Eva Belmonte
Ángela Bernardo
Miguel Ángel Gavilanes
Carmen Torrecillas
David Cabo
| Civio

Ukrainian refugees now enter the EU under the aegis of the ultra-fast special protection system, but regular reception centres across the Union are piling up hundreds of thousands of applications and rejecting many. EU members states' asylum systems average more than 15 months of delay.