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European Refugee Crisis report cover. Cover photo: Migrants sit in front of Spanish police officers at the port of Algeciras, southern Spain, July 31, 2018 (AP photo by Marcos Moreno).

The European Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018

Explore how the global refugee crisis has transformed and continues to transform Europe. Download your FREE copy of The European Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions today.

In the wake of the largest European refugee crisis since World War II, the influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East have had a profound impact across the EU, closing minds and borders. So far, the EU's refugee policy has undermined norms and the EU itself. Tragically, its approach appears doomed to fail, as it ignores the push factors driving people to make the trip.

Download The European Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions today to take a deeper look the crisis, the response from the EU and several of its constituent countries, and a glimpse at what the future may hold.

In this report, you will learn about current policy failures in the EU refugee crisis, and potential solutions, including:

  • Why Europe’s refugee response undermines international norms
  • How disputes over migrants expose ongoing EU policy gaps
  • How one country’s far right is seizing on the refugee crisis to push its racist vision
  • Why once-welcoming countries in Scandinavia closed their borders to refugees
  • Why asylum-seekers stuck in emergency shelters say their visions of a new and better life in Germany are fading fast
  • Why the EU’s approach to curbing migration is doomed to fail

Get uncompromising original analysis of the EU refugee crisis to help you better understand the current climate, when you download this report.

Download this free report and get uncompromising analysis to help you better understand the EU refugee crisis.

Take a deeper look at the disturbing state of the EU refugee crisis in our free report, The EU Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions.

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the crisis, including interviews with refugees currently awaiting asylum. You’ll also discover how the European Agenda on Migration could be improved for citizens and refugees alike.

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Discover why the EU's refugee policy needs to change

There is an urgent need to assess recent policy developments on migration, taking into account the experiences of the people seeking better conditions or fleeing violence whose livelihoods—and lives—are at stake.

Download The European Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions for FREE today, and discover why, without taking into account the journeys and experiences of the actual people making their way to Europe—by choice or necessity—European policies will continue to fail, and thousands more will perish while pursuing safety.

A significant number of refugees arrive in EU countries not because of their desire to reach “destination Europe,” but because they are forced to flee, whether from their home countries or from intermediate stops along their migratory route. That’s why the European Agenda on Migration, which focuses on deterrence, simply doesn’t work for these people and others who never planned to come to Europe.

Migrants and refugees stand on the deck of a vessel after being rescued by Spanish NGO workers on the Mediterranean Sea, June 16, 2017 (AP photo by Emilio Morenatti).

"I only want to live in security, I live in fear."

When you download The European Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions for FREE today, you’ll read about a unique research project in which scholars examined the impact EU policies have on actual people. WPR contributors interviewed a man from Cote d’Ivoire when in Sicily, who told them that he never meant to reach Italy, or even Europe, but fleeing war eventually landed him there.

What’s more, some people arrived in the EU unknowingly or even against their wishes. As a man from Ghana interviewed in Rome explained, he requested money from the person managing his funds to send to his children back home, only to find himself on a boat to Europe.

Moreover, research participants overwhelmingly emphasized the need to migrate from place to place in search of sustainable living conditions that they couldn’t find elsewhere. As a woman from Cameroon said:

"It is because of insecurity in our countries that there are many illegal refugees [sic] coming into Europe. Total insecurity is pushing us to migrate. I only want to live in security, I live in fear."

The individuals these scholars interviewed sent a very clear and powerful message that simply cannot be ignored: that deterrence policy initiatives are not working, are not likely to work, and are currently set to fail.

Download this free report and get uncompromising analysis to help you better understand the EU refugee crisis.

Take a deeper look at the disturbing state of the EU refugee crisis in our free report, The EU Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions.

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the crisis, including interviews with refugees currently awaiting asylum. You’ll also discover how the European Agenda on Migration could be improved for citizens and refugees alike.

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Download this free report and get uncompromising analysis to help you better understand the EU refugee crisis.

Take a deeper look at the disturbing state of the EU refugee crisis in our free report, The EU Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions.

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the crisis, including interviews with refugees currently awaiting asylum. You’ll also discover how the European Agenda on Migration could be improved for citizens and refugees alike.

With your link to download a copy of The European Refugee Crisis you’ll also gain FREE registration to the WPR newsletter, delivering uncompromising news and analysis directly to your inbox. Your FREE registration includes access to select articles, early announcements, and periodic discounts to our full-service subscription.

Learn why the EU refugee crisis can’t be saved by the current European Agenda on Migration

As people continue to migrate—and die—by crossing the Mediterranean Sea by boat, it is time to reflect on what has gone wrong with migration policies in Europe.

The European Agenda on Migration has been an important framework for developing a comprehensive and multidimensional response to a complex and pressing challenge.

It purports to address the crisis of increased precarious migration to Europe and associated fatalities at sea. It has led to the development and implementation of policies across a range of priority areas.

However, the agenda’s addressing of migration through a framework of deterrence—which is designed to prevent people from arriving in the EU in the first place, rather than to address the drivers of migration directly—is by no means new, and it has already failed by escalating the crisis that led to the agenda in the first place.

As European policies continue to fail, thousands more will perish while pursuing safety. Find out why, and what could be done to improve these policies, when you download The European Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions for FREE today.

Download this free report and get uncompromising analysis to help you better understand the EU refugee crisis.

Take a deeper look at the disturbing state of the EU refugee crisis in our free report, The EU Refugee Crisis: Current Policy Failures and Potential Solutions.

In this report, you’ll gain immediate access to in-depth analysis of the crisis, including interviews with refugees currently awaiting asylum. You’ll also discover how the European Agenda on Migration could be improved for citizens and refugees alike.

With your link to download a copy of The European Refugee Crisis you’ll also gain FREE registration to the WPR newsletter, delivering uncompromising news and analysis directly to your inbox. Your FREE registration includes access to select articles, early announcements, and periodic discounts to our full-service subscription.