Christopher J Ayres

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    It is time for the European Union to redefine what it means to be a ‘refugee’

It is time for the European Union to redefine what it means to be a ‘refugee’

Christopher J. Ayres writes that the migration crisis has prompted discussions over whether individuals seeking to enter the EU should be classified as ‘refugees’ or simply ‘migrants’. He argues that in light of these debates it is time for the EU to drop the requirement for an individual to have a ‘well-founded fear of persecution’ to be labelled a […]

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    There is little basis for viewing migrants in the Mediterranean as a threat to the ‘indigenous’ population of Europe

There is little basis for viewing migrants in the Mediterranean as a threat to the ‘indigenous’ population of Europe

Figures released in June by the International Organisation for Migration estimate that over 100,000 migrants have made the journey across the Mediterranean since the start of 2015. Christopher J. Ayres argues that while some actors have sought to portray this situation as a case of ‘indigenous Europeans’ coming under threat from large-scale migration, there is little to justify this […]

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    The EU’s law on conflict minerals could well end up hurting the people it is intended to help

The EU’s law on conflict minerals could well end up hurting the people it is intended to help

A proposed law to tighten regulations on the trade of so called ‘conflict minerals’ was backed in the European Parliament on 20 May. Christopher J. Ayres writes that while the legislation may be well-intentioned, the net effect could be to damage the interests of some of the people it is aimed at helping.

A new EU law, which was […]

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