Immigration and Asylum

Dignifying Movement: Advocating for Reform of Irish Labour Migration Policy

Dignifying Movement: Advocating for Reform of Irish Labour Migration Policy

Migration is a global reality that has increasingly become the subject of academic and popular debate. Last week, Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) contributed to the discussion by publishing a...
Can a State Refuse Migrant Family Allowances Due to Irregular Reunification?

Can a State Refuse Migrant Family Allowances Due to Irregular Reunification?

In Osungu and Lokongo v. France (delivered on 8/9/2015), the European Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) rejected as “manifestly ill-founded” two applications submitted by Congolese regular migrants. The proceedings...
Iran’s Citizenship Law: Political Considerations or Recognition of Inherent Human Rights?

Iran’s Citizenship Law: Political Considerations or Recognition of Inherent Human Rights?

For years the plight of thousands of children born to Iranian mothers married to foreign men has been the subject of discussion. These individuals, whose number is estimated at about...
Has the Council of the EU’s Decision on Relocation of Refugees Given Adequate Effect to the Commission’s Proposals?

Has the Council of the EU’s Decision on Relocation of Refugees Given Adequate Effect to the Commission’s Proposals?

My previous post analysed some of the immediate and long-term responses to the escalating refugee crisis in Europe proposed by the EU Commission in its State of the Union Address....
Dios, No Patrias, Libertad: The Dominican Republic’s Unfolding Human Rights Crisis

Dios, No Patrias, Libertad: The Dominican Republic’s Unfolding Human Rights Crisis

The Dominican Republic’s (DR) motto proudly proclaims “Dios, Patrias, Libertad”—“God, Country, Freedom.” Yet, despite its promise of “Patrias,” many individuals in the DR born to Haitian immigrants could soon find...
External Processing of Refugee Claims: Problem or Part of the Solution? The Australian Experience

External Processing of Refugee Claims: Problem or Part of the Solution? The Australian Experience

European countries have expressed an interest in external processing of asylum claims, which would involve establishing asylum processing centres in other countries, most likely in North Africa. It is thought...
Hungary’s Actions: Past the Borderline of International Law

Hungary’s Actions: Past the Borderline of International Law

As the European refugee ‘crisis’ worsens, the Hungarian government is resorting to more extreme border control measures that test the parameters of international law. The Guardian reported last week that...
Are the EU Commission’s Latest Proposals Sufficient to Solve the Refugee Crisis?

Are the EU Commission’s Latest Proposals Sufficient to Solve the Refugee Crisis?

Both the ‘European family’ and the ‘European fabric’ has laid itself bare in the face of an apparently uncontainable refugee crisis in the heart of Europe. Amidst an atmosphere that...
The European Union’s Search for Unity as the Refugee Crisis Continues

The European Union’s Search for Unity as the Refugee Crisis Continues

Ongoing violence and war in the countries of the Middle East and Africa has led thousands of refugees to leave their homelands in desperate hope of finding a new land...
The Mass Flight of Syrian Refugees: What are the Legal Obligations of States?

The Mass Flight of Syrian Refugees: What are the Legal Obligations of States?

More than four million refugees have fled Syria since 2011. Most of them have sought refuge in neighbouring countries but many now live in poverty and destitution. Civil society organisations...
Zero-Tolerance for Severe Forms of Labour Exploitation in the UK

Zero-Tolerance for Severe Forms of Labour Exploitation in the UK

In June 2015, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published the results of research conducted in 21 European Member States that considers the nature of, and responses to, severe...
The Seafood Industry and Its Sustainability Challenge – Why the Government of Thailand and Global Retailers Will Work Towards Sustainability and Human Rights

The Seafood Industry and Its Sustainability Challenge – Why the Government of Thailand and Global Retailers Will Work Towards Sustainability and Human Rights

A recent investigation from the Guardian has revealed how Rohingya migrants fleeing Burma to reach Malaysia are being held hostage for ransom by traffickers or sold to Thai fishing boats...

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