Week 47: Residence permit for Afghans and criticism of Black Friday

- Black Friday is perhaps the main celebration of overconsumption, write the environmentalists Amanda Palmstierna and Lorentz Tovatt on Aftonbladet Debatt. Photo: Artem Beliaikin. Source: Unsplash.

Of: Sigrid Wernersson and Villemo Warnerfjord

During a week fraught with both a prime ministerial vote and a government crisis, much of the focus on Swedish debate pages has been on domestic policy. Global development issues have been overshadowed, but two themes that have been raised are Afghan residence permits and Black Friday.

November 29, 2021, Current debate

Week 46: Divided views on EU responsibility for the migrant crisis in Belarus

Expressen's editorial board believes that the EU has handled the migrant crisis in Belarus correctly, while the environmentalist and EU parliamentarian Alice Bah Kuhnke believes that the EU has a moral obligation to help the refugees. Photo: Canva.

Of: Ebba Eriksson and Tilda Janbrink

A hot topic in last week's debate was the ongoing migrant crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. Some debaters emphasize the importance of resisting pressure from the Belarusian dictatorship and preventing a recurrence of the refugee crisis in 2015. At the same time, other voices are raising the EU's moral responsibility towards migrants.

November 22, 2021, Current debate

Migrants deported from the US and Mexico: "They are pressured to take more dangerous routes"

Tens of thousands of migrants have set up camp on the US-Mexico border while awaiting asylum. Photo: Christian Palma. Source: Flickr.

Of: Hanne Karlsson

Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants, mainly from Haiti, have been deported from the United States and Mexico in the past month. Many of them have been forced to leave the countries without being given the opportunity to seek asylum. Several human rights organizations claim that this is both discriminatory, illegal treatment and something that violates migrants' human rights.

November 11, 2021, Analysis

It's not as easy as going back home

Camp for internally displaced people in Democratic Republic of Congo, 2017 Photo: UN Women / Carlos Ngeleka, Flickr

Of: Emily Elderfield

According to UNHCR, 1 percent of the world's population is currently displaced due to conflict or persecution - that's one in every 100 people who've been forced to leave home. When you think of civilians affected by conflict, you probably think of refugees fleeing their country in search of a safer life. However, many people […]

June 23, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

Week 23: Increased nationalism, EU migration policy and criticism of arms exports to Yemen

Of: Jennie Aradszky

This week, migration policy in Sweden and at EU level has been debated. Nationalism and closed borders have increased within the EU and in Sweden there is a proposal for a new Aliens Act which, according to a large number of researchers, goes completely against the knowledge about migration and integration. Swedish arms exports have also been discussed and criticized with reference to the war in Yemen.

June 14, 2021, Current debate

Migrant agricultural workers in Italy are exploited

A Senegalese migrant worker displaying harvested tomatoes at an Italian tomato farm. Photo: Trafficking in Persons Office, Flickr

Of: Chiara D'Agni and Sofus Malte Rønberg

The agricultural sector in Southern Italy depends heavily on foreign labor forces coming from other EU member states or third countries. However, seasonal agricultural workers are more likely to experience violations of their rights. This is in order to reduce the producers' wage costs as well as the prices charged to consumers in many countries including the Nordics.

April 27, 2021, Magazine, News article

New article series on migration

Birds migrating

Of: The Chancellery

Right now it's hard to travel - and even harder to escape and migrate. But even though borders are closed due to the corona pandemic, desperation, risk-taking and migration losses remain. FUF's local group in Lund has made a whole series of articles on migration.

June 1, 2020, News

Beyond the border

Migrating birds fly across a blue sky tinged red by looming clouds. The migration journey is often one filled with hope, tinged with looming danger and despair. Photo: rihaij / Pixabay

Of: Lauren Tropeano

It feels strange to release an issue about migration in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. The irony of writing about the movement of people at a time when movement has been so severely restricted is not lost on us. Yet the reminders of desperation, risk and loss that often accompany migration are present even […]

June 1, 2020, Article, Magazine

(How) can migration contribute to development?

people migrating

Individuals and families migrate in hope of a better future and freedom. Photo: jaci XIII / Flickr

Of: Alice Hertzberg

My interest in the relationship between migration and development grew when anti-immigration discourses started to gain a stronger foothold in Europe and the US. In the meantime, the largest refugee crisis since the second world war took place in parts of the Middle East and Africa. The year was 2015, the same year the UN […]

June 1, 2020, Guest piece, Magazine