Political Café: A new future for Ethiopia?

On Tuesday 27 November, FMS, FEPS and NIMD organized a Political Café in Pakhuis de Zwijger about the future for Ethiopia, but also about neighbouring country Eritrea. Since the appointment of the new prime minister Abiy Ahmed in April, many reforms have been implemented in Ethiopia. The country welcomed its first female head of state and the first female president of the federal supreme court. Furthermore, Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki signed a declaration of peace in July that formally ended two decades of hostility. Experts in the field of, or from, Ethiopia and Eritrea discussed the new situation in these countries. The moderator of the evening was Alberta Opoku, journalist and political scientist, leading the evening and challenging both the speakers and the public with her questions, furthering the dialogue.

What is migration?

When we speak about migration, we often talk about refugees and migrants at the same time. But what are the differences? And what is migration exactly? Migration is a very complex and multifaceted phenomenon. The words ‘migration’ and ‘migrants’ are collective terms which include many variations such as; refugees, labour migrants, forced migrants, displaced persons.

Blogs from Ghana 4: Free Secondary High School

When talking about migration to people here in Ghana, education has always come up as one of the key issues in relation to this topic. Better education will provide better job opportunities to the youth and consequently reduce the number of potential migrants, is the line of reasoning.

Blogs from Ghana 3: Investment, but in the public or private sector?

FMS researcher Anne is in Ghana to talk about migration. Why do people want to migrate? How do they see their future? And what policy could be implemented to prevent irregular migration? Read her newest story here!

Time flies and I am already halfway through my month in Ghana. Last week I had my first real meetings with stakeholders in Accra. I asked them how they see the future of Ghana? Why do people want to migrate? And what role can or should the EU play regarding irregular migration from Ghana to Europe? They gave me some interesting insights.

Public meeting: “Young Generations for the New Western Balkans: Beyond Emigration"

Recent research shows that between 25.000 – 40.000 people are annually leaving each of the Western Balkans countries. Not only young people, but increasingly the middle class as well. A group of young scientist from the region has engaged in a project ‘New Horizons for the Young Generations in the Balkans” in order to discuss their visions how to overcome old- fashioned politics and nationalisms and the lack of perspective for younger generations. They will sketch alternative horizons and the look for alternatives for South-Eastern Europe’s way beyond emigration. Den Haag will be the first place in Europe after Vienna where the results of the mentioned initiative will be presented to the public.

Magazine 'Migration: African perspectives' is online!

Het is zover! Vandaag reist FMS-onderzoeker Anne voor het onderzoeksproject ‘Migration: African Perspectives’ van de FEPS en FMS naar Ghana om daar een maand lang onderzoek te doen naar de migratiemotieven van Afrikaanse jongeren. Welke rol speelt migratie in hun leven? Welk beleid kan worden gevoerd om jongeren meer perspectief te bieden in eigen land? En hoe zien deze jongeren hun toekomst voor zich, in Ghana of daarbuiten?

Gendertraining in Servië brengt progressieve partijen bij elkaar

In het weekend van 26 tot 28 oktober organiseerde Foundation Max van der Stoel in samenwerking met het Center of Modern Skills (CMV) een gendertraining voor progressieve partijen en bewegingen in Servië die deel uitmaken van de Alliance for Serbia, een nieuwe oppositiebeweging. FMS trainers Jamila Aanzi en Sonja Lokar reisden naar provincie Vojvodina af om de training te verzorgen.

Cyberaanvallen vanuit Rusland: van een cyberoorlog (nog) geen sprake

Ank Bijleveld, minister van Defensie, stelde op 14 oktober dat Nederland in een cyberoorlog met Rusland is verwikkeld. Sinds 2015 is het regelmatig in het nieuws: cyberaanvallen vanuit Rusland in verschillende Westerse landen. De term oorlog lijkt overtrokken, er is ten slotte nog geen fysieke schade aangericht, maar de aanvallen worden wel steeds brutaler. Hoe is het zo gekomen, hoe werkt het, en hoe gaan we ermee om? Over deze en andere vragen spraken cyber –en inlichtingenexpert Andrei Soldatov en Eliot Higgins van Bellingcat in de Rode Hoed in Amsterdam.

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