While European politics is discussing symbolic political measures and right-wing populists of all countries are trying to push through deportations and prevent immigration, hundreds of people continue to die in the Mediterranean attempting to reach Europe by sea. Civilian sea rescuers are doing their best to prevent this – and are increasingly criticised and criminalised for doing so. We spoke with Claus-Peter Reisch, the captain of the Lifeline, about the the fraught situation.
In a guest contribution the political scientist Saskia Schäfer argues the case for citizens of modern societies to acknowledge the complexity, temporality, and variability of identities.
24 June, the day when the result of Britain’s referendum on exiting the EU was announced, happened now several weeks ago. The first feelings of surprise and disbelief that the UK, Europe and the world experienced on that day have subsided and the country is now different from what it was. What has changed and what will the future bring?
Leaving your home and family to study in another country is extremely difficult, but finding a good place to live in Ireland is the biggest challenge, the white whale every student has to catch.
Photographer Gianfranco Tripodo has achieved one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism, the World Press Photo, thanks to a snapshot that shows one of the harshest realities of the European Union: the situation of immigrants in the border city of Melilla.
In the Kolping educational training centre in Schwandorf, Germany, refugees and immigrants from all over the world share a classroom. Different cultures, everyday problems, and hopes for a better future shape the learning experience.
“Translating in Russian is not the same as in Spanish/ Translating between the two languages/ Doubly impossible”. With these verses, Natalia Litvinova summarises her stance towards life as a Spanish writer and a Russian translator, two literary worlds that have met, for a fraction of a second, at Meeting Halfway. Thinking about Natalia Litvinova is like remembering those childhood moments where we discovered, for the first time, that...
A new trend? Slovakian students who go to Czech universities to study. Wanda, Dominika and Matus are just a few Slovaks who decided to study at Czech universities. Whether it was just an accident, a long-standing ambition or simply getting that feeling to achieve more, they all agree on one thing. They all think that Czech universities are much better than Slovak ones and that they are a good starting point for life.
In just a year, the number of Spaniards arriving in Germany has doubled; however, only a third of them make it past the first few months of their stay. Amaya, Pedro and Pablo tell us what it’s really like to be a Spanish immigrant in Berlin.
Migration is all about struggle. The struggles dealt with in this story are not the practical difficulties we face in life, but rather the problem of attempting to integrate into a different society.