June 15, 2024

The EU strikes towards additional limiting asylum. The brand new pact agreed on 20 December, even refuses a proposed age restrict for the detention of irregular arrivals, or household protections.  But, refugees proceed to cross unconventional paths as they face wars, political volatility, persecution and the worsening results of local weather disasters.

The so-called ‘heat welcome’ Ukrainian refugees received in 2022 was, certainly, a particular case, however the bar had already been very low, researcher Olena Yermakova factors out. Coverage advisor Martin Wager sees low-cost political positive aspects governing European insurance policies, even towards apparent wants and pursuits.

Refugees play a defining function in European life and politics. Whereas the EU brags about its dedication to upholding human rights, it on the similar time executes repressive measures towards them.  This polarity is mirrored in how otherwise Ukrainian refugees are handled to asylum seekers arriving from different international locations. Whereas the previous got non permanent safety standing fleeing Russia’s aggression, the latter should bear ever-stricter procedures as their possibilities of acquiring a protected standing erodes.

On this episode, we focus on these situations of asylum alongside anti-immigration insurance policies, discrimination, and their authorized implications with our visitor audio system.

Martin Wagner is the Senior Coverage Advisor for Asylum on the Worldwide Middle for Migration Coverage Improvement. He focuses on European and worldwide refugee, human rights, and anti-discrimination legislation. Wagner has authored a number of research on European asylum programs​ and has expertise in offering authorized help, monitoring legislation enforcement, in addition to capacity-building initiatives in numerous international locations.

Olena Yermakova is an interdisciplinary researcher specializing in Central and Jap European migration. She was awarded a junior visiting fellowship within the “Ukraine in European Dialogue” program on the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) Vienna. Yermakova continues her analysis into Ukrainian labor migrants in Poland on the Analysis Centre for the Historical past of Transformations on the College of Vienna. 

We meet with them at The Alte Schmiede Kunstverein, Vienna.

Cover for: The way home
Cover for: One way or another

Inventive group

Réka Kinga Papp, editor-in-chief
Merve Akyel, artwork director
Szilvia Pintér, producer
Zsófia Gabriella Papp, govt producer
Margarita Lechner, writer-editor
Salma Shaka, writer-editor
Priyanka Hutschenreiter, venture assistant


Hermann Riessner  managing director
Judit Csikós  venture supervisor
Csilla Nagyné Kardos, workplace administration


Senad Hergić producer
Leah Hochedlinger  video recording
Marlena Stolze  video recording
Clemens Schmiedbauer video recording
Richard Brusek sound recording

Video Crew Budapest

Nóra Ruszkai, sound engineering
Gergely Áron Pápai, images
László Halász, images


Nóra Ruszkai, lead video editor
Réka Kinga Pap, dialog editor


Victor Maria Lima, animation
Cornelia Frischauf, theme music

Captions and subtitles

Julia Sobota, Daniela Univazo, Mars Zaslavsky, Marta Ferdebar, Olena Yermakova, Farah Ayyash


‘Historic day’: EU strikes main deal to reform migration coverage after three years of bitter debates by Jorge Liboreiro in Euronews

The way in which house by Olena Yermakova in Eurozine

What do we all know concerning the employment of refugees in Germany? by Herbert Brüker, Yuliya Kosyakova. IAB-Discussion board. 

Associated Reads

A method or one other by Chiara Pagano in Eurozine 

A stage of limbo: A meta-synthesis of refugees’ liminality. Ville R. Hartonen, Pertti Väisänen, Liisa Karlsson and Sinikka Pöllänen. IAAP Journals.  


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