All societies must confront questions of inequality and injustice, and often these apply to issues of identity and migration, and access to resources and opportunities. It is up to governments, NGOs, education systems and, most importantly, individuals to highlight and combat these inequalities, so that society can be more inclusive and opportunities can be shared. To promote this valuable work, IDRN questions existing assumptions about identity, and explores solutions to the main problems facing individuals, especially in the fields of justice, education and migration.
Externalisation of the asylum process has resulted in a shifting border, moving it for both deterrence or prevention, and exacerbating the humanitarian asylum crisis
The EU-facilitated deal aims to normalise these relations by Serbia and Kosovo agreeing to certain conditions that each has a hard time accepting. The main goal is to ease tensions, prevent an escalation of a conflict, and progress their respective EU integration paths.
Since the UK’s exit from the European Union in 2021, the cost of university tuition fees for EU nationals in the UK has skyrocketed. This will negatively affect the UK’s economy with more EU students choosing to study elsewhere, such as The Netherlands.
The Ukrainian exodus has demonstrated the ability of Member States to respond to a crisis, by opening their doors and implementing welcoming policies, and should be studied as a good example of what can be achieved.
The topic of LGBT rights has been increasingly politicised, becoming a powerful weapon in the hands of both incumbents and aspiring populist leaders. Posing the question: to what extent has the discussion on LGBT rights in the EU reached constitutional and potentially structurally relevant levels?
Minorities, and particularly immigrant populations, have less access to healthcare than the general population in Europe. Immediate and large-scale results can be achieved by making healthcare policies in Europe more inclusive.
Investigating the primal nature of the relationship which binds us into society can disclose important information about the institutions we build and those we aim at building.
As the UK pursues a ‘hard’ Brexit, there is a risk that the reintroduction of economic barriers in Ireland will undermine the Good Friday Agreement and could fuel conflict, creating challenges for the EU.
Whilst many decisions appear rooted in social and economic issues, there is a wider trend affecting Europe’s voting populations. As citizens return to polling stations in the aftermath of the first wave, they highlight their greatest current need – the need for consistency and regularity, in a world wracked with uncertainty.
To avoid being panned as yet another ineffectual elite, Prime Minister Boris Johnson must solve the ‘populist problem’ and make good on the Brexiteers’ populist appeals while governing.
To avoid repeating the same mistakes following the 2008 financial crisis, social democrats must focus on (re)establishing competency, appealing to grievances generated by the pandemic that comprise a winning coalition, and making a policy offer that is both credible and ambitious.
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the inadequacies of populist parties’ policymaking and may leave room for the rise of more extreme political parties as citizens are further disillusioned by their respective governments.
The EU and the Western Balkans are engaged in a do ut des relationship that seems to satisfy both parties in terms of security and development but that fails to take into account the needs of people on the move.
Honouring democracy and the democratic right to vote without putting your health at risk is an important task that the state must comply with and arrange to ensure it is following EU election standards.
Covid-19 deeply affected the field of asylum and migration, already one of the most politicised topics within the EU, without a coordinated response being elaborated by member states.
Whilst medical science continues to dominate the news as national governments seek solutions to Covid-19, it is important to remember the vital role that social scientific inquiry can play in the fight against the pandemic.
As countries across the world struggle to deal with the impacts of Covid-19, Europe faces another problem that does not seem to go away – Populism.
What impact will Covid-19 have on the Higher Education sector? IDRN explores what impact an economic downturn will have on the enrollment of university students for the upcoming academic year.