UN summit raises voices on climate

Climate summit in Katowice, Poland

The climate summit in Poland (COP24) has started the debate on climate issues in the Swedish media. Photo: © cop24.gov.pl

Of: Celina Lindgren

This week, the UN climate summit COP24 opened in Katowice, Poland. Something that has started an intense environmental debate in the Swedish media. While many emphasize the importance of acting quickly, others focus on where the responsibility should lie.

December 5, 2018, Current debate

The migrant caravan in the hope of a better life

Migrants in Central America

More than 7 people are part of the caravan of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Photo: Alejandra Romo / UNHCR

Of: Martha Johansson

In recent weeks, the migrant caravan that left Honduras in mid-October this year has caused a great stir in the news media around the world. Despite the fact that Central Americans have migrated to the United States before, strong reactions have come from the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who uses threats and intimidation tactics to stop the migrants. At the same time, the caravan continues to strive with the hope of a better life.

November 20, 2018, FUF-correspondents

The Rohingya crisis requires a special focus on women and girls

Photo: DFID - UK Department for International Development, Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Of: Dereje Wordofa

Since August 2017, hundreds of thousands of people from the Rohingya ethnic group in Myanmar have been forced to flee to Bangladesh. The lack of sexual and reproductive health care in the refugee camps makes women and girls particularly vulnerable. Joint efforts are needed to ensure that no one is left out, writes Dereje Wordofa at the UN Population Fund, UNFPA.

August 28, 2018, Debate

No solution regarding migration at the EU summit

Of: Kristina Fedai

It's Monday during Almedalen Week 2018 and I end up under rain and gray clouds when I visit the Swedish Migration Agency's stand to listen to a seminar on last week's EU summit for the Council of Ministers. The Swedish Migration Agency has presented orange blankets for us in the audience to warm us up with, but unfortunately the seminar itself was a cold shower for me […]

July 3, 2018, Almedalen - article

Assistance with a focus on the most vulnerable

Photo: Johan Wessman, News Øresund, flikr

Of: Julia Kronlid

The Sweden Democrats want to see aid with a clear focus on poverty reduction and that the best interests of the children should be at the center. In addition to general humanitarian aid, we want to invest SEK 10 billion of the aid budget in refugee aid in the immediate area of ​​various crises. It writes Member of Parliament Julia Kronlid.

June 28, 2018, Debate

Do not let racist governments control the entire EU refugee policy

Photo: Bőr Benedek, Wikimedia Commons

Of: Malin Björk

We cannot allow EU asylum policy to be dictated by anti-refugee and racist governments such as those in Hungary and Poland. Instead, those countries that want to take joint responsibility for the global refugee situation must take the lead in forming a coalition of willing countries. It writes the Left Party's EU parliamentarian Malin Björk.

May 15, 2018, Debate

Time to talk about circular migration

Of: Bernd Parusel

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has developed an international definition of the hitherto vague term "circular migration". The realization that circular migration can have positive effects for everyone involved has been around for a long time, but building practical policies on a fuzzy concept is difficult. Now it is time to rethink the role that circular migration can play in global development, writes migration expert Bernd Parusel.

February 17, 2017, Debate

Migration focus overshadows poverty reduction in development aid

Of: Andrew Sherriff and Anna Knoll

Short-term political response to the migration crisis in several cases appears to have undermined routines for effective aid, and settlements for refugee costs make up a large proportion of today's aid budgets. This shows a new one investigation report from the Expert Group for Aid Analysis, EBA. In parallel with discussions on how development assistance can be used to more systematically address migration flows, we must conduct a fact-based debate on the type of initiatives that are valuable from a broader development perspective, write the report authors Anna Knoll and Andrew Sherriff.

February 2, 2017, Debate