Hellenic Coast Guard to the Rescue: Supported by the Greek private sector

Of the many unsung heroes of this crisis, the Hellenic Coast Guard can be proud of the thousands of lives saved at sea over the past 2 years. With the support of Greek private sector companies such at the OTE Group of Companies, the Hellenic Coast Guard has rescued over 74,000 people at risk of drowning… Continue reading Hellenic Coast Guard to the Rescue: Supported by the Greek private sector

A hierarchy of refugees?

Although the Syrian refugee crisis has drawn some renewed attention to the forgotten plight of Afghan refugees (many of whom have been displaced for far longer), Afghans are filtered through a different asylum process. Before the Syria crisis unfolded, Afghanistan had been the world’s biggest source for refugees for 32 years. However, now that parts… Continue reading A hierarchy of refugees?

The dilemma of taking sides: fight or flee

Our conversations with refugees have identified a key reason explaining why Syrian civilians have been fleeing the country en masse. Of course, issues of safety, joblessness, quickly rising cost of living, prospects for a better life, these themes all stand out. Yet for many it was the plight of the men. Over the past year,… Continue reading The dilemma of taking sides: fight or flee

Reflections on Elliniko

It felt somehow symbolic that at the refugee camp in Athens’ abandoned Elliniko airport, many refugee families have pitched their tents around the old ‘Arrivals’ hall, while the ‘Departures’ area of the airport remains blocked off by wire fencing. Refugees have been staying in the Elliniko airport since they arrived in Athens. Many have had to… Continue reading Reflections on Elliniko

Cherry-picking migrants: The race for global talent vs. managing mass migration

On the 8th of June I gave a talk in Paris at the ESCP at a conference entitled The Global Race for Talent. I was responding to a presentation given by Amanda Frost, Professor of Law and Director of the SJD Program American University Washington College of Law who discussed the ways in which countries (and in particular the… Continue reading Cherry-picking migrants: The race for global talent vs. managing mass migration