Future of Schengen

By Jakub Wisniewski p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 24.0px Helvetica; color: #56606f}
26. May 2017  |  European Union, Migration

“There is only one Europe – I saw it through the window of the plane”, Lech Wałęsa once said. While he likely did not have the Schengen zone in mind, these are still fitting words to describe the borderless plane of the European continent. There is no better symbol of European unity than the Schengen zone.

Migration politics and policies in Central Europe

19. May 2017  |  European Union, Central Europe, Migration

With the number of migrants and refugees knocking on Europe’s doors relatively stable, there is now a sense of relief at the EU political level. In several summits held in 2016, EU leaders confrmed a shift in their focus from internal and structural to external and security dimensions of the migration challenge. 

Migration climate, discourse and policies in Poland

By Justyna Segeš Frelak
8. May 2017  |  Migration  |  Central Europe, Poland


Recent Changes in Refugee-Related Policies in Hungary

By Attila Juhász and Edit Zgut. Photo by Kamil Porembinski | Flickr licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Hungary is still a transit country, not a final destination for asylum-seekers. The government’s approach has been based on securitisation of its policies and rhetoric. The already elevated level of xenophobia in Hungary increased further as a consequence of governmental anti-migrant campaigns and political actions in recent months. The Hungarian government uses the refugee issue consciously to transform the political system.

Czech migration discourse and policy: fuelling the fire

By Tomáš Jungwirth.Photo by Moyan Brenn | Flickr licensed by CC BY 2.0

Although the European refugee crisis has not had a material impact on the number of asylum requests in the Czech Republic, there are notable ramifications in its wake, particularly with the escalation of public debate. As of spring 2017, the political focus has shifted towards labor migrants who are on one hand in high demand on the Czech job market but at the same time ostracized and denounced as criminals. The Ministry of Interior has launched an initiative aimed to substantially curb migrants’ rights. This constitutes a part of the campaign for the general elections held this October, yet how high migration-related topics will rise on the public agenda ahead of the vote remains to be seen.

Away from the spotlight: Balkan route and Visegrad approach to refugees in 2017

By Public Relations. Photo: Flickr|European Parliament, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
27. Feb 2017  |  Migration  |  Central Europe  |  Event reports

On Wednesday, February 22, the Globsec Policy Institute (GPI) organised a regional workshop Away from the spotlight: Balkan route and Visegrad approach to refugees in 2017.

EurActiv on Central Europe and the Refugee Question

By Public Relations. Photo: TASR|Štefan Puškáš.
11. Oct 2016  |  Migration, European Union  |  Central Europe  |  In the media

Zuzana Gabrižová from EurActiv.sk provides a summary of the rountable hosted in Bratislava by the GLOBSEC Policy Institute (GPI) on Central Europe and the refugee

Central Europe and the refugee question: Cooperation instead of confrontation?

7. Oct 2016  |  Migration  |  Central Europe  |  Event reports
Although the migration crisis has receded from the headlines, the issues raised by the crisis will not likely stay on the backburner for long. Between EU asylum policy, solidarity and trust issues, as well as member state identity and practical issues of integration, these topics are likely to resurface. With governments finding the political and public climate set in its ways, civil society is stepping in to develop pan-regional best practices.