Refugees

The reception of refugees: A state-managed model, but the Catalan institutions can still do a lot

Pascale Coissard's picture

The figures on the reception of refugees in Spain are appalling: indeed, Spain received only 1% of the total asylum applications of the European Union last year.

The few who make it to Spain often choose Catalonia to start a new life: Catalonia received around 1,300 asylum applications last year; it therefore needs a good reception system that allows the refugees to become and feel that they are full citizens.

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The European answer to the refugee crisis: Lessons from history

Laura Ballarin's picture

The European Union faces nowadays the biggest challenge since its foundation, the refugee crisis, which has several, inter-related implications: large-scale arrivals of asylum-seekers to our continent, fragmentation of the Schengen area, the jihadist terrorism threat, wars and high instability in neighbouring countries and a weak socioeconomic situation created by the long economic crisis.

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