In 2015, around 35 thousand unaccompanied minors arrived in Sweden, of which more than 23 thousand were from Afghanistan. For many, making it to Sweden represented the ultimate goal, as they had been promised it was the best country on earth for asylum seekers. However, things did not really unfold as expected
Economic recovery, migration, populism and Macron. 2017 was a year of challenges and hope that Considering Europe’s team analysed from different perspectives. We gathered some of our pieces and reconstructed the political history of 2017 with an eye on what 2018 will bring.
A little over two years ago, the refugee crisis broke out in Europe. Panic gripped European leaders as thousands of people arrived at their borders, fleeing war and persecution. It was the highest number of forcibly displaced persons the world had encountered since the aftermath of World War 2.
Public sentiment toward migrants is rapidly changing in Italy. The Interior Ministry asked NGOs saving migrants off the Libyan coast to sign a code of conduct in order to regulate their activities. Italy is focusing on the wrong problem, and formulating the wrong solutions.
Addressing a rapid increase in socioeconomic, cultural and religious diversity is a challenge for the world’s “humanitarian superpower”. Instead of constant accusations and disagreements, discussions should focus on how to turn this diversity into an asset and prevent it from becoming a dividing force.