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COVID-19 : le monde d’après est déjà là...

L’imprévisible crise du COVID-19 pose, à plusieurs niveaux, des questions fondamentales. Elle questionne la forme actuelle de la mondialisation, et l’idéologie néo-libérale qui l’a jusqu’ici accompagnée. Elle interroge une gouvernance mondiale en panne, dépassée par les égoïsmes nationaux, et les tentations de fermeture. Elle appelle à la mobilisation des instruments de
résilience des démocraties, et d’une Union européenne qui joue son avenir, en particulier dans la confiance des peuples.

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Study for the “Assessment of the implementation of the Code of Practice on Disinformation” - Final Report

This Executive Summary presents key findings and the conclusions of the study “Assessment of the implementation of the Code of Practice on Disinformation, SMART 2019/0041”. The study was commissioned by the Directorate-General for
Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) of the European Commission and it was carried out by VVA Economics & Policy with the support of DisinfoLab.

The overarching study objective is to support the European Commission’s evaluation of the Code of Practice’s effectiveness. The assessment focuses on the 13 current Signatories of the Code of Practice on Disinformation (online platforms and business
associations). The study analyses the standard terms of service and the specific policies and tools adopted by the online platforms to implement the commitments of the Code in the first year of implementation of the Code (October 2018 to October 2019). For this reason, ongoing efforts made by the Signatories to combat disinformation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic are not covered.

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EPIM Covid response initiative: solidarity with the most vulnerable people seeking refuge in Greece

In the refugee camps of Greece, the coronavirus crisis is hitting an already vulnerable population hard. Emergency funding from the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), of which the King Baudouin Foundation is a founding member, is supporting the work of eight NGOs on the islands.
In Greece’s overcrowded refugee camps, Covid-19 is a crisis on top of a crisis on top of a crisis. Following the country’s financial collapse and its subsequent struggle to deal with the huge numbers of vulnerable people seeking refuge on its shores, today’s public health disaster presents tremendous challenges medically, politically and socially.

KBF.EPIM Covid response initiative.pdf
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The Impact of COVID-19 on EU Citizens' Rights in the United Kingdom

The COVID-19 crisis has arguably shifted the debate on migration in the EU. Previously labelled ‘low skilled’ workers, such as cleaners and delivery drivers, are the key workers holding our continent together in this period. The crisis has been a wake-up call to reassess our values as individuals, but also as Europeans. It has shown how restrictive migration policies simply do not work if what we want is to keep everyone safe while we collectively get through the pandemic.


Helping everyone by supporting migrant entrepreneurship

The economic downturn following the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to increased unemployment globally, as the International Monetary Fund has recently acknowledged. Those most likely to lose their jobs are people with lower education, and especially migrants, women and youth.


Connecting newcomers and locals in times of COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing many are feeling more isolated than ever before. With limited movement being the norm across Europe and other regions, the social and economic consequences are devastating, particularly to the most vulnerable groups of our society such as migrants, refugees and the elderly. 

Roadmap Covid19

A Roadmap to Local Inclusion in the age of COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Welcoming movement – comprised of hundreds of towns and cities worldwide transforming themselves into inclusive places – is working to ensure that norms of inclusion not only don’t fall by the wayside, but are further affirmed in this time of extreme crisis. A key lesson our movement is imparting is as follows: if municipalities and other local stakeholders fail to build trust among residents, and fail to follow inclusive practices in their COVID-19 responses, their 
 communities will be more likely to suffer from greater health threats and disparities, greater economic inequality, and squandered human potential. On the other hand, if localities utilize inclusive approaches in their response – and regional and national authorities support them to do so – communities will be much more likely to emerge more resilient, prosperous, and united. What follows is a series of recommendations for inclusive responses, based on the actions Welcoming International members are employing – or preparing to employ - during their COVID-19 response. 

Stay home without a home?

Stay home without a home?

During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, individuals have been asked to self-isolate – to “stay home”. However, millions of people around the globe do not have a home because they have been forced to leave their communities due to war or persecution.

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How disinformation is negatively fueling the migration discourse

Disinformation is not new. It has existed since ancient times. What’s new then? Now it’s much easier to spread a hoax than 20 years ago thanks to the amplification of channels available to consume and share information. In this regard, not only information has been democratized, but also disinformation. A combination of changes in consumption patterns, lack of media literacy, loss of trust in journalism and the lack of business models for the digital media largely contribute.

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Historic shocks can bring about historic changes. Fixing our broken migration system should be one of them

Today’s global migration is impacting the public and political debate more than it has in the past 70 years. Its direct implications – for human rights, the economy and security – as well as the indirect ones – as a lever for broader political and economic interests – will shape the societies we live in for the coming decades. If one believes that COVID-19 is reversing this trend, think twice. As with previous global shocks, the state of affairs will hardly remain the same once the pandemic is over. Ensuring it takes a turn for the better or allows us to dig deeper into the current migration system, will depend largely on the kind of decisions and actions we take in the coming months.There are reasons to believe that we are in front of a make-it-or-break-it point and we should seize the opportunity to reform the migration system.