Category Europe

Why do refugee children continue to take perilous journeys to reach the UK? 

Our government just removed the only legislation providing an alternative. by Isabel Soloaga In January, I revisited the refugee camps in Northern France, where I have volunteered since 2016. There, I met a medic who had treated a 13-year-old boy with fourth-degree burns all over the inside of his mouth: scars from pepper spray that […]

“We wunt be druv”- Intolerance of Tyranny at Lewes Bonfire

by Melissa Geere Lewes, a small town just ten minutes from the University of Sussex, makes headlines every November for its famous Bonfire celebrations. In 2018, the headlines were not entirely positive when a photo of a child in a shop window sparked scandal during the lead-up to the event. The child was participating in the Lewes Bonfire […]

Calais: Eighteen Months On

by Elisa Sandri Calais has frequently made the headlines in the last two decades. The history of this border as a focal point for migration dates back to the 1990s, when hundreds of refugees from Kosovo, Kurdistan and Afghanistan camped here, waiting to cross the Channel. In 2015, the town witnessed fast-growing numbers in the […]

‘Volunteer Humanitarianism’ in the Jungle of Calais

by Elisa Sandri This article is dedicated to the memory of Giulio Regeni, PhD researcher, and to his family, whom I never met but I hope they’ll find peace and justice. Calais, a quiet town in the North West of France overlooking the Strait of Dover, caught international public attention last year for the fast […]

Border on a Beach

by Sasha Flatau ‘Y aquí, otra frontera’ I’d been walking along a beach called Las Redes in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain with my boyfriend. It was a beautifully warm, sunny January afternoon and we’d got onto the conversation of borders. If you take away the political context, borders between different countries are such […]

Bride or Child First?

by Fern Adams In the UK we recognise that people officially become adults when they turn 18. We tend to view that anyone under this age should be cared for, looked after and protected. This idea, on the whole, is recognised across Europe. Childhood is seen as a right that should be safeguarded. This in […]

When a Space becomes a Place…

According to Oxford online dictionary… Space: A continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied Place: An area used for a specified purpose or activity Sasha Flatau, University of Sussex The street it was on, as with all the streets in that part of Seville, was narrow. Large doors, like the entrance of […]