Welcome to week 2

In week 1 we learnt about the scale of the Syrian refugee situation in the Middle East. Now we switch our attention to Europe where there have been comparatively fewer numbers of people seeking immediate refuge but where the issue has frequently been at the centre of political and media debates.

With this in mind, during week 2 we will focus on migration across the Mediterranean Sea, in particular towards Greece and Italy, and consider how these countries and the European Union more generally have responded to an increase in maritime arrivals in recent years. We will look at EU policy, the attempts to create a common European asylum system as well as agreements with third countries such as Turkey. We will also consider how the EU has tried to redistribute asylum seekers, in part through the so-called ‘principle of solidarity’, and we will evaluate the success of its programmes to relocate and resettle refugees between member states.

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Why Do People Migrate? Facts

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