Re-conceptualising Fortress Europe

Posted on 29. September 2015 by Elias Vartio For a long time, ‘Fortress Europe’ has been a well-deserved pejorative term for the hard-line migration policies of the EU and the European countries. The recipe has been simple: keep the world outside and the wealth inside. Even the much-talked about globalisation and freedom of movement has been … Continue reading Re-conceptualising Fortress Europe

“At the gates / In Transit” photo exhibition in Oslo in the context of the FutureLab Europe Fortress Europe project

04. May 2015 In the context of FutureLab Europe's Fortress Europe project, FutureLabber Elias Vartio organised the launch of the photo exhibition “At the gates / In Transit”, portraying migrants and asylum seekers in Europe. The photographs, taken by photographers Erik Åhman and Harri Joensuu, can be seen in Oslo at the Deichmanske bibliotek, in Arne … Continue reading “At the gates / In Transit” photo exhibition in Oslo in the context of the FutureLab Europe Fortress Europe project

Will the EU Embrace or Betray its Values?

Posted on 13. October 2014 by Efehan Danisman The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that the refugee crisis in Syria is the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era. Add the crisis in Iraq, and it becomes obvious that the Middle East is encountering a massive catastrophe. UNHCR estimates that there are more than 3 … Continue reading Will the EU Embrace or Betray its Values?

Death trips. Dream destination: Europe

Posted on 19. December 2012 by Theodora Matziropoulou Friday, 14th of December, early morning. With daylight, one more tragedy was revealed in the Aegean Sea. The trip of 28 irregular immigrants attempting to pass from Turkey to Lesvos Island ended in dramatic way because of bad weather. Midway, due to overload and due to strong winds, … Continue reading Death trips. Dream destination: Europe