Human rights violations in Turkey have increased in recent years. Activists face major obstacles in their work while being personally threatened by state institutions. Their efforts are often intentionally misinterpreted as “support for terrorist organisations” or as an action against the interests of Turkey.
What will happen to the refugees once they arrive at their final European destination? A principal criticism levelled against the recently agreed asylum relocation quotas is that given the social and economic disparities of Europe, refugees are unlikely to stay put in the country assigned to them. Following months of wheeling and dealing, the EU has agreed to relocate 160,000 refugees from Greece and Italy to other Member States. Civil society in these two countries can breathe a sigh of relief, albeit a momentary one. What happens once the refugees have been relocated? What needs to be done for those who remain in Greece and Italy? How prepared are the Central and Eastern European countries to handle the new influx of refugees? What can be done to ensure that refugees can live work and flourish within the parameters of our societies? Join us in thinking ahead at our upcoming event. Continue reading →