'What is at risk is not just viral contagion, but the very basis of the international refugee conventions that have shaped our post-war landscape'
GLIMER's Principal Investigator, Nasar Meer, has written an article for The Scotsman on how the UK and other countries are using the Covid-19 outbreak as an excuse to prevent even the most vulnerable of refugees from crossing their borders.
Read the article here.
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Coronavirus: We Are Risking a Covid-19 Tragedy in Europe’s Refugee Camps
'Whatever else transpires in the coming weeks and months, what remains certain is that these camps are European constructions and all the responsibility for what befalls in them rests not with those who contract this illness, but in the failure of Greek and EU leaders to honour their obligations to the most vulnerable'.
GLIMER's Principal Investigator, Nasar Meer, has written a column piece for The Scotsman on the need for urgent action to protect the inhabitants of Europe's overcrowded refugee camps from COVID-19.
Read the article here.
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Scots Academic Raises Alarm over Covid-19 Crisis in Refugee Camps
GLIMER's Principal Investigator, Nasar Meer, discusses with The National the effect of Covid-19 on refugee camps:
'Governments around the world will have to take action as coronavirus starts to spread in camps which are already overcrowded and barely habitable'.
Read the full article, published on 4 April 2020, here.
(Photo credit: The National)
'Human Does Not Mean Man: Gender Perspectives of Migration'
On 14 November 2019, the GLIMER project was featured in an article in the Reporter news portal in Cyprus titled 'Human does not mean man: gender perspectives of migration'.
The article talks about the GLIMER consortium held in September 2019; the methodology of GLIMER; and the project's aim to look at how local policies can inform national policies on integration through housing, education, language, labour and gender mainstreaming. It also presents good practices and highlights GLIMER's research findings about the lack of strategic long term planning and evaluation of integration policies, as well as gender-blind polices.
Visit to Bute
In September 2019, we held our consortium meeting and stakeholder roundtable in Glasgow, UK. We hold these meetings every 6 months to allow the team to meet and discuss the project, and our research going forward. We also held a stakeholder roundtable, where we met with stakeholders to hear their insights into our work packages.
As part of our meeting, we visited the town of Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute. The town welcomed 24 refugee families as part of the UK Government's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.
Our stakeholder from the Isle of Bute was able to give examples of good practice and barriers to employability for refugees who settled in Rothesay, and, along with stakeholders from our other country cases, held an open discussion on labour market integration. We also got to meet a number of the business owners who now call Rothesay home.
The visit to Bute and participation of our partner organisation Progetto Sud also garnered some media interest in the local press in Calabria.
'Councils Should House Asylum Seekers, Say Academics'
Dr Tim Peace and Dr Emma Hill discuss with The Herald their conclusions from their Work Package 3 research on asylum accommodation, particularly the effectiveness of the UK Government's contracts.
Visit to Mendicino
In September 2018, we held our consortium meeting and stakeholder roundtable in Calabria, Italy. We hold these meetings every 6 months to allow the team to meet and discuss the project, and our research going forward. We also held a stakeholder roundtable, where we met with stakeholders to explore our current work package.
As part of our meeting, we visited the town of Mendicino, a town heavily involved in the Italian SPRAR system. There, we were given a tour of the town, and met many of the refugees who now live there and those who have helped integrate them into the town's community. You can see below the press that was generated from this visit.
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Over the next four years we will be running a series of ongoing engagement events and range of activities.
The current ‘migration crisis’ presents openings as well as challenges.
The aim of GLIMER is to generate research that will help European cities and regions facilitate the long term inclusion of displaced people in a way that remakes local spaces.