Asylum

Behrouz Boochani, activism, no friends but the mountains

Literary Activism: Behrouz Boochani’s No Friend but the Mountains

Column
Odile Heynders
19/11/2020
6 minutes to read

Kurdish journalist / philosopher Behrouz Boochani spent nearly 5 years in a detainee camp on Manus island texting messages from a hidden mobile phone. The messages were composed to a literary novel, winning a prestigeous prize in 2018.

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Revisiting the 2013 Dutch Integration Law

Article
Boudewijn Henskens
27/04/2020
11 minutes to read

The DIY philosophy the state promotes for those who want to integrate in Dutch society has resulted in a 50% decrease in those who pass the exams in the regular timeframe. What has the policy's role been in this? 

Have you ever been rejected?

Column
Max Spotti
26/06/2017
3 minutes to read

Building on the rejection versus approval dichotomy in asylum seeking procedures, this column deals with the dynamics of rejection and with bureaucratic rituals of indifference by contemporary immigration administrations. 

You are what you speak

Column
Max Spotti
07/02/2017
2 minutes to read

This column deals with newly arrived migrants, call them asylum seekers, refugees, foreign bodies or social security seekers if you like, still we will be dealing with human beings, their need for relocation and the power of accents. 

Asylum Seekers Online

Google, truths and asylum procedures

Article
Max Spotti
20/04/2017
7 minutes to read

Information provided by web resources has become indispensable to immigration officers assessing asylum claims. How does the internet affect the lives of those who seek asylum by making their identity proofs unconvincing?