• The Relocation of the Iron Curtain to the Middle East: the Polish and Slovak Position Towards the EU Migration and Asylum Policy

    Author: Hanna Wiczanowska
    Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland)
    Year of publication: 2017
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    Pages: 63-73
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    PDF: ppsy/46-1/ppsy2017104.pdf

    The current EU migration and asylum policy crisis has been perceived to constitute one of the most serious challenges for European security. The attitude of fear and reluctance towards admission of cultural others (including: refugees, asylum seekers and the immigrants) has been particularly visible in the V4 countries. The aim of this paper is therefore to examine the grounds of such a position with reference to general European tendencies as well as specific features of attitudes of Poland and Slovakia as the representatives of V4 countries in the light of their particular economic and social situation. Due to volume limitations the author will focus mainly on the two presented States. The decision regarding choice of Poland arises from the fact that as the only V4 State it has voted in favour of the mandatory quota of relocation of 120.000 refugees. Instead Slovakia constitutes the most vivid example pro-European parties changing rhetoric for more national which is quite transparent for the V4 countries. The whole analysis has been conducted in the specific context of relocation of the symbolic division of Europe an replacement of ideological Iron Curtain with cultural Velvet Curtain which leads to the phenomenon of culturalisation. 

  • Vishegradskaja gruppa v Evropejjskom sojuze: migracija i solidarnost

    Author: O.Yu. Potemkin,
    Institution: Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
    Year of publication: 2017
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    Pages: 121-139
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    PDF: npw/12/npw2017108.pdf

    Solidarity as one of the main values of the European Union is also recognizedamong the guiding principles of the EU asylum policy. In the period of the migrationcrisis, this principle was the most important for the EU Member Statesand very difficult to implement. The purpose of this article is to analyze the concept of solidarity, as enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty, as well as in the positions of the Member States and EU institutions. The article highlights the current debate, initiated by the Visegrad group under the Slovakian Presidency in the Council, around the proposed “flexible” or “effective solidarity” in asylum policy. Thus, the author contributes to understanding the ways, problems and prospects of refugees’ relocation, as well as the upcoming reform of the Dublin system. Based on the study of the summits conclusions, Council meetings in its various formats, the EU leaders’ statements, the author considers that divergence not only of the Member States positions, but also those of the EU institutions on the specific forms of participation in managing migration and asylum could entail more fragmentation and differentiation within the Union. At the same time, the author reveals the contradiction in the Visegrad countries’ position: while dreaming about re-nationalization of asylum and engaging in confrontation with the Commission the CEE countries by no means intend to introduce and maintain border control within the Schengen area.

  • The Position of European Parliament on the Migrant Crisis in Europe

    Author: Artur Staszczyk
    Institution: Szczecin University
    Year of publication: 2016
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    Pages: 183-194
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    PDF: rop/2016/rop201612.pdf

    The migrant crisis in Europe, which reached its zenith in 2015, made EU politicians realize the urgent need for a more effective migration policy that would rely more on supranational cooperation. Absence of this policy triggers migrant influx to Europe, in particular of unqualified labour force, and enhances illegal migration from which organized criminal groups profit enormously. Moreover, uncontrolled migration processes give rise to a number of social, economic, political and cultural problems all across the EU, and thus nurture the Eurosceptic mood. This leads to societal negation of the European integration project and provides fertile soil to the spread of radicalism and xenophobia. The aim of the study is to capture the position of European Parliament on recent migrant crisis. The Parliament, a democratically legitimate body, which claims the right to represent European societies, advocates adoption of systemic EU approach to migration which should be based on the respect of human rights and creation of legal migration pathways for refugees and workers needed by Europe. The solution of the present migrant crisis is sought by the EP in moving towards a common, comprehensive European immigration policy and enhanced solidarity of EU member states in response to increased influx of refugees from conflict zones.

  • The Response of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to the Crisis of Soviet Jewish Émigré Dropouts (Noshrim) in the 1970s

    Author: Fred Lazin
    Institution: Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)
    Year of publication: 2018
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    Pages: 355–367
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    PDF: ppsy/47-2/ppsy2018214.pdf

    The JDC is an American Jewish organization that assists overseas Jewish communities in distress. It is responsible to “American Jewry” and those organizations that fund it. Bauer (1974, 19) argued that the JDC has been guided by its founding “pledge of impartiality – it steers clear of political involvements” and takes pride in being “probably the only really non-partisan organization in Jewish life.” This paper examines the role of the JDC in caring for Soviet émigrés who left on visas for Israel but chose to resettle elsewhere. They were known as “dropouts” (Noshrim in Hebrew). It also deals with the JDC policy toward recently settled Russian Jews who left Israel to resettle elsewhere. In its work with Soviet Jewish emigres did the JDC serve the interests of the Israeli government, its donors and or the emigres? Did the JDC abide by its pledge of impartiality? Did the JDC try to force them to resettle in Israel against their wishes? The paper focuses on the spring of 1976 when the number of dropouts outnumbered those resettling in Israel. This led to a joint committee of Israelis and American Jews to coordinate a response. The ‘freedom of choice’ debate ensued; should Soviet Jews resettle in Israel or have the freedom to choose where to resettle? The findings here are based on archival records in the JDC, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), the CJF (Jewish federations) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). The author also conducted interviews and reviewed secondary sources. The paper should contribute to a better understanding of the JDC and its past ties to Israel and the American Jewish community.

  • Israeli Identity on the Run: the Quest for a NonNational Position in Contemporary Israeli Literature

    Author: Shira Stav
    Institution: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)
    Year of publication: 2018
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    Pages: 390–405
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    PDF: ppsy/47-2/ppsy2018217.pdf

    My essay discusses a new attempt in young Israeli novels to break out of the suffocation and stagnation of the dominant literary protagonist. The discussion revolves around Ilai Rowner’s recent novel, Deserter (2015), which suggests ‘desertion’ as an option of to overcome nationalized structures of the self and of break new ground for its existence. The protagonist’s escape and a quest for a non-national position are destined to failure, however, reflecting the current state of political consciousness among young Israeli authors, and, I argue, the unthinkability of political exile in contemporary Israeli novels. The discussion presented here follows the renewed interest in Hanna Arendt’s exemplary essay “We Refugees” (1943) in light of the current refugees’ crisis in Europe among scholars such as Giorgio Agamben, Amal Jamal and Itamar Mann. While Agamben develops a phenomenology of being-a-refugee, severing the bond between nation and territory, his work lacks an experiential account of being a refugee. In light of this absence, I argue that Rowner’s protagonist remains blind to the particular identities he encounters, actively erasing the profound differences between deserters and refugees, persecutors and persecuted. While he recognizes the haunted element in him, Rowners’ protagonist’s obliviousness to the specific experiential trappings of his own story effectively sterilizes the novel’s political acuity through the effort to adopt an all-human perspective.

  • Sposób postrzegania Europy i Europejczyków przez uchodźców z Dahuk. Relacja z badań przeprowadzonych w obozie dla uchodźców w irackim Kurdystanie

    Author: Ewelina Zalewska
    Institution: Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej im. Marii Grzegorzewskiej
    Year of publication: 2018
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    Pages: 178-197
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    PDF: so/13/so1309.pdf

    The perception of Europe and Europeans by refugees from Dahuk. A report from research conducted in a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan

    This article presents the analysis from a research project carried out by the author in Dahuk, a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan in July 2016. The research project concerned the perception of Europe and Europeans by Arabs and Yazidis, who stayed in the refugee camp. Based on unstructured observations and in-depth interviews, the following images of Europe and Europeans were prominent in refugees’ narratives: a belief in the possibility of quick enrichment in Europe, relaxed relationships between family and friends in Europe, relaxed relations between women and men in Europe and the liberal lifestyle of European women. Based on the gathered data, the author analyses chances of respondents’ integration in Europe. The author focuses on factors conducive to integration and factors that impede integration. This subject has gained particular importance during the recent migration crisis. The arrival of big number of refugees from the Middle East to Europe once again sparked public debates about the possibility for their integration in Europe.

  • The Issue of Securitization of the Refugee

    Author: Renata Podgórzańska
    Institution: University of Szczecin (Poland)
    Year of publication: 2019
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    Pages: 67-89
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    PDF: ppsy/48-1/ppsy2019104.pdf

    Analyzing Poland’s current activity regarding the influx of refugees and the formulated attitude towards action in the field of restriction and control of the influx undertaken by European and international institutions, one should notice increasing reluctance to accept immigrants. What is more, there is a growing trend in the public debate in Poland to identify (to correlate) the influx of refugees with the problem of security. Although Poland is neither located on the main transit routes nor a destination for immigrants (including refugees), there is a process of systematically including this issue in the public discourse and analyzing the consequences of the potential increase in the influx of immigrants in the context of state security. Relationships that arise at the interface between migration and security point to the process of securitization of immigration, which involves integrating migration issues into a catalogue of state security threats and considering them through the lens of possible threats to the receiving societies.

  • Connect2Learn - encounters with refugees in the context of education as a contribution to the development of intercultural competences

    Author: Martin Auferbauer
    Institution: University College of Teacher Education Styria
    Year of publication: 2019
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    Pages: 28-47
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    PDF: iffe/12/iffe1202.pdf

    Since 2015, the University College of Teacher Education in Styria (Austria) has been contributing to the integration of people who had had to leave their countries as refugees. This way, pupils from vocational schools, students training to become teachers as well as teachers get an insight into the situation and challenges of refugees. The initiative Connect2Learn focuses on encounters and mutual learning. Cultural differences are perceived as an opportunity for reflection, learning and professional development. Through encounters and reflections, barriers and mutual fear of contact are to be dismantled. In this article, three activities of Connect2Learn are described as examples: encounters of (future) teachers and refugees in heterogeneous discussion groups in the sett ing of a World-Café, a three-week joint course for refugees and Austrian pupils at a vocational school and autonomous implementation of voluntary instruction to refugees in computer skills.

  • Specyfika polskiej polityki migracyjnej w kontekście europejskiego kryzysu uchodźczego

    Author: Alicja Zyguła
    Institution: Akademia Sztuki Wojennej
    Year of publication: 2020
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    Pages: 64-80
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    PDF: npw/26/npw2604.pdf

    Characteristics of Polish Migration Policy in the Context of the European Refugee Crisis

    Migration policy, which until recently was absent in public space, has found its place in public debate and scientific research in recent years. Undoubtedly, the migration policy gained in popularity in 2015, when migrants began to migrate to Europe on a massive scale and the situation of their uncontrolled influx was described as a migration crisis. Although migration is a common phenomenon and has been known for years, increased migratory movements require countries to pursue a well-considered and consistent policy in this area. The situation in Europe has prompted reflection on Polish policy towards foreigners, which at that time, was different from European standards.

  • Mass Migration as a Hybrid Threat? – A Legal Perspective

    Author: Sascha-Dominik Dov Bachmann
    Institution: Canberra Law School (Australia)
    Author: Anthony Paphiti
    Institution: Former officer with the UK Army Legal Services (United Kingdom)
    Published online: 30 June 2021
    Final submission: 16 June 2021
    Printed issue: December 2021
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    Page no: 27
    Pages: 119-145
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    PDF: ppsy/50/ppsy202122.pdf

    Migration as a weapon sounds like a policy statement by resurgent nationalistic parties (and governments) in the West. However, politics and the human cost aside, what if an adversary (both state and non-state actor) does exploit the current global crisis of mass migration due to globalization, war, and political unrest? This article will look at the ongoing mass migration to the European Union within the wider security context of the so-called hybrid threats and/or ‘grey zone’ tactics. It looks at the various legal categories of migration as how the law can be weaponized as so-called ‘lawfare’ to undermine the existing legal frameworks distinguishing between legal and illegal migration. The authors recognize the possibility that this article will be used as an argument by the political actors involved for their nationalistic and anti-migration politics and policies. Yet, we believe that the potential of abusing the current vacuum for political gains along ideological party lines makes it necessary to provide a wider legal-security focused perspective on mass migration.

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