Latest blog articles by Dersim Yabasun

  • refugees

    Integration of refugees: towards a more coordinated approach

    14 July 2017
    The increased flow of asylum applicants and migrants to the EU in recent years has not only put considerable pressure on the reception systems of Member States, but at the same time raises challenges regarding the integration of newcomers at the national and local level.
  • Bulgaria’s zero refugee integration policy and beyond

    (T)here and Back Again: the EU approach towards asylum seekers

    15 September 2015
    Duo blog by Dersim Yabasun and Alexander Hoogenboom At the outset of this blog there is reason to underline the value of an effective asylum policy. There is a tendency in some populist media, as well as among some populist politicians, to depict and cast the current humanitarian crisis as largely an abuse of the ‘asylum route’ for regular economic migration, [1] or as a ‘Muslim invasion of Europe’, [2] or even directly as a security threat as ISIS fighters are ‘shaving beards to sneak into the EU as migrants’. [3] These commentators invariably propose, as a...
  • Trapped in despair_The Great Escape in the Mediterranean

    Trapped in despair: ‘The Great Escape’ in the Mediterranean

    29 April 2015
    According to the latest numbers of the UNHCR, more than 35,000 persons have crossed the Mediterranean in 2015 and more than 1600 have died. Persons on board of these boats have various reasons to take such dangerous routes.
  • Trapped in despair: ‘The Great Escape’ in the Mediterranean

    How I stopped worrying about asylum seekers

    26 March 2015
    In a short memo, published on 22 March, the Dutch Liberal Party (VVD) expressed its view on how to handle the increasing number of asylum claims in the Netherlands, and more broadly in the EU, as well as the continuously tragic events concerning refugees that occur at the external borders of the EU. The memo and the author, Mr. Malik Azmani (a Dutch Member of Parliament), received a lot of attention in mainstream and social media.
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