Asylum and integration policies
On 26th and 27th January, an international conference on the role of media, journalists and propaganda during the so-called refugee crisis took place in Prague’s conference centre Evropský dům. The conference was attended by approximately a hundred participants, consisting of professionals, politicians, journalists, students, pedagogues or state officials working with migrants.
The CPS Asylum and Integration Policies subprogram started out in 2003 with a focus on human rights of vulnerable foreign migrants, especially asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented migrants. Our priority is the affirmation of the right to asylum through raising public awareness, establishing a fair-decision making system, transparent and responsible institutions, public advocacy, and contribution to the development of integration policies through research and education.
Experts from 11 countries discussed nationalism and xenophobia in Budapest in the context of refugee "crisis"
Sixty experts, scholars, students and professionals from 11 countries mostly from Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Budapest on 3 and 4 November to address effects of the "refugee crisis" on the radical and mainstream politics, recent trends of public attitudes to refugees in the region and civil and grassroots responses to the rise of radical nationalism in Central European countries.
The return of a very large number of refugees from Austria to Croatia, as many as 1,700 refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, has been announced. These are the refugees who came to Austria via the so-called Balkan refugee route.
In December 2015, in the middle of the so-called “refugee crisis“, the European Commission has proposed to set up a European Border and Coast Guard Authority (EBCGA) as one of the key measure “to protect Europe's external Borders“. The aim declared by the Commission was a better management of migration, and the need “to offer a high level of security within the Union, while safeguarding the free movement of persons therein“.
Representatives of civil associations from Croatia and Serbia, who gathered in Zagreb on Monday for a public debate on the occasion of World Refugee Day, said that political and legal circumstances in Europe were developing to the detriment of refugee human rights.
Croatian Foreigners Act is currently being amended. Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) made comments to the Draft Amendments to the Foreigners act (Draft Amendments). CPS main concerns focus around several legal institutes, the most relevant and alarming being the “criminalization of solidarity”.
The Croatian civil society group "Dobrodosli" (Welcome) has sent a letter to Pope Francis ahead of his meeting with Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Thursday, thanking the pontiff for making the public more sensitive to the suffering of people fleeing war and violence and asking him to encourage Croatian political leaders to treat refugees peacefully.
Centre for Peace Studies with the support of initiative Welcome! prepared a leaflet with answers to frequently asked questions at the refugee camp in Slavonski Brod for refugees that are situated there. In this leaflet refugees can find information about the opportunities, rights and restrictions of the asylum system in Croatia.