1. The EU deal with Turkey, a year later
Twelve months after its signing, the legitimacy of the much-criticised deal between the European Union and Erdogan’s Turkey is being contested more and more. Read Lorenzo Bagnoli’s analysis in QCodeMag.
2. The disastrous consequences of the EU-Turkey deal
One year on from the signing of the refugee agreement between the EU and Turkey, Brussels is doing everything to keep it in place, despite the disastrous humanitarian crisis in Greece and the Balkans. Read Annalisa Camilli in Internazionale on the intolerable consequences of the deal.
3. How the EU deal with Turkey legitimises the far right in Europe
What was the exact impact of the controversial EU deal with Turkey in Europe and beyond? One of the immediate implications has been the legitimisation of the far right and populist regimes inside and outside the Old Continent. Read Daniel Howden’s in-depth analysis and interview with Dimitris Christopoulos in Refugees Deeply.
4. Mediterranean, why have the NGOs rescuing migrants at sea come under attack?
Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has accused humanitarian organisations involved in sea rescue of collusion with human traffickers in Libya, saying that the frequent search and rescue operations off the Libyan coasts have effectively become a pull factor, encouraging migrants to make the crossing to Europe. The public prosecutor’s office in Catania has launched an investigation on the NGOs, which have in turn denied all accusations and claimed that they are being criminalised. Valeria Brigida and Mario Poeta try to explain in Internazionale how things got so bad.
5. Italy: who are the “G2” calling for citizenship reform?
Whether they were born here or brought here, the children of foreign nationals are not recognised as Italian citizens, and they are calling for a reform of citizenship laws.
Read the in-depth analysis in the new section of Il Post, “Nativi”, dedicated to the children of migration (because Italians are made, not born!).
6. Inside Italy’s small-town racism
A journey into the “grey zone” that became the background for the brutal murder of a Nigerian asylum seeker at the hands of a hooligan in the province of Ancona. In the first part of a special feature by Internazionale on small-town racism in Italy, author and journalist Alessandro Leogrande visits the scene of the crime, in an attempt to unravel causes and consequences.
7. UK, more and more undocumented women are avoiding NHS care
Hundreds of women without legal status in the UK are in a dangerously vulnerable position: avoiding seeking NHS care even when pregnant, for fear of being reported to the Home Office or facing high medical bills. Read Amelia Gentleman’s report for the Guardian.
8. Trump’s “new” travel ban
President Trump has ordered a new travel ban on migrants and refugees in the USA, after a federal appeals court blocked his previous directive. The revised executive order was more carefully conceived, with the ambition of making it “court-proof”, but it has already been blocked by a Hawaii judge. This, however, is not enough to erase its serious consequences. Read Dara Lind’s article in Vox and Keegan Hamilton’s piece in Vice News.
9. Merkel’s unheeded call to Trump
In the meantime, the German Chancellor travelled to the US for her first official visit after Trump’s election. The meeting between the two leaders was clearly marked by irreconcilable differences: Germany’s stance on welcoming refugees versus Trump’s continued obsession with “radical Islamic terrorism.” Read David Smith and Philip Oltermann’s article in the Guardian.
10. The consequences of Trump’s cuts for Myanmar refugees
Among the first victims of Trump’s policies, there are the thousands of people fleeing Myanmar (including many Christians, but also many Rohingya Muslims). Read Martha Mendoza and Meghan Hoyer’s analysis for Associated Press.
Cover image: Andreas H. Landl (CC BY-NC 2.0).