In a political and social environment dominated by two overbearing political parties, both veering dangerously towards populism and away from any semblance of values or principles, and by an incapacitated independent media, Malta’s democracy pivots on civil society for its survival.
The violence of 1603 marks the origin of an historical genealogy tethered to the present. The hyper-sexualization of Asian men and women, a fundamental trope of the pop culture lexicon, has a bloody past. There is no indication that this trend has diminished. I
Scholars, practitioners and decision-makers alike have reasons to be sensitive to how ‘homeland’ corruption affects the lives of those who return, and the practical and policy implications that this entails.
Organisations might claim they do tell refugees about the known risks, but that many risks are not known. Organisation can still take additional steps to improve refugees’ knowledge prior to return
At the French-Italian border, the absence of adequate procedures, information and guidance, coupled with unlawful detention as well as the illegal push backs of minors, appear to convolute and delay prospective asylum seekers’ access to the asylum procedure in Europe.
Most of the world’s urban growth is expected to occur in developing countries. And towns and cities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East grow, their politics, socio-economic and governance processes will increasingly be shaped by human displacement.
The past few months have seen the continued arrivals of refugees and displaced people in Europe, most of whom have fled war and conflict, persecution or different forms of protracted emergencies such as pervasive poverty.
With the shift from humanitarian-relief towards a more cooperative and empowerment-based development regime, refugees are also urged to be integrated into their host society.
It is scary, but facts can be political weapons against scapegoating and myopia.