Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration
Irene Wolff is Project Officer at the Advocacy Department of the Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR). She is mainly supporting the designing, planning and implementing of the advocacy strategy and campaigns of the organization. Furthermore, she has been working in the fields of International Cooperation and Human Rights, as well as Social Work, at different organizations at a local, national and international level, and in universities and international educational centres. Irene studied Translation and Interpreting, and a Master’s Degree in Development Cooperation in Madrid and Salamanca (Spain).
On 26 May 2017, the Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR) published a report on the impact of the agreement reached last year by the European Union and Turkey in order to stop irregular migration from Turkey. Irene Wolf, contributor of the Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration, is part of the team that worked on this report, which states that this agreement has turned Greece into a large refugee camp where effective protection cannot be guaranteed.
Within this report, CEAR (The Spanish Commission for Refugees) examines the situation of LGBT refugees both within Spain as their host-country and within their countries of origin. The analysis depicts the hardships of refugees that have to experience intersectional discrimination, stemming both from discrimination on the basis of ethnicity and discrimination due to their gender identity and sexual orientation.
Within its 2016 report, CEAR displays the extent of global forced displacement and the search for asylum, especially within the European Union. CEAR criticises the EU-Turkey agreement and presents own policy proposals for the European Union and the Spanish government.
On 28 June 2016, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, together with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, officially launched the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE-project at the Europasaal of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. (more…)
The Thinking Lab on Migration & Integration focuses on one of the most crucial challenges currently faced by the European Union. Within one year, based on the diverse experiences Southern European countries and Germany have so far gathered, the Lab will deliver a genuine European perspective on migration and integration policy. The concept of “people on the move” rather than “refugees” or “migrants” remains the center of the debate.