Category Archives: Migration and nationalisms: what path for NGOs?

The French Hautes-Alpes: community solidarity locks horns with a security ideology

A. Antoine

P. Hanus

A. Junca

L. Marchello

G. Pégon

P. Wyon

Agnès Antoine, Philippe Hanus, Ariane Junca, Luc Marchello, Guillaume Pégon et Philippe Wyon • Militants, chercheurs et acteurs de l’accueil des exilés

In Vauban’s old fortress-building stomping ground, and more specifically at the frontier with Italy, the French State is striving to secure its borders. Volunteers respond by creating humanitarian corridors and providing aid to migrants in transit in the mountains. A heart-rending account of a local solution to a global problem. Continue reading

La cause des exilé·e·s en France : la frilosité des organisations humanitaires internationales en question

F. Meunier

Frédéric Meunier • Cofondateur et directeur du Group’, coordinateur du Fonds de Dotation RIACE France (Lyon, France)

Partout en France, la solidarité à l’égard des migrants s’exprime dans les multiples initiatives de collectifs locaux. Pour Frédéric Meunier, les grandes ONG humanitaires ne prennent pas suffisamment leur part dans ce combat. Continue reading

The cause of exiles in France: the reticence of international humanitarian organisations called into question

F. Meunier

Frédéric Meunier • Cofondateur et directeur du Group’, coordinateur du Fonds de Dotation RIACE France (Lyon, France)

All over France, solidarity with migrants is demonstrated through multiple initiatives led by local associations. But for Frédéric Meunier, the major humanitarian NGOs are not doing enough of their part in this fight. Continue reading

Humanitarian discourse and the challenges of migration: the European exception?

M. L’Homme

Maelle L’Homme • Unité de Recherche sur les Enjeux et Pratiques Humanitaires de Médecins Sans Frontières à Genève (Suisse)

Are non-governmental organisations also guilty of double standards? Reviewing humanitarian actors’ approaches to migration in Europe, the author analyses the demands, intentions and dilemmas that drive them. Continue reading

Indignity at the gates of Europe

L. Lefebvre

G. Caussé

Léna Lefebvre • Chargée de projets pour l’association Humacoop-Amel France

Guy Caussé • Président de l’association Humacoop-Amel France


Humacoop-Amel France is one of those activist organisations that never forget the tragic situation of the exiled people “at the gates of Europe”, particularly considering that Greece is regarded as an airlock for people making their way to other countries on the continent.

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A critique to political chauvinism and the naturalisation of racial privilege in Myanmar

E. S. Molano

Eduardo S. Molano • A journalist, in the course of a PhD in Migration Studies at Sussex University (United Kingdom)

Behind the political crisis and the fate of the Rohingyas, there are deeply entrenched ethnic markers and a well-established social hierarchy. The author examines these aspects at the crossroads of current events – the recent coup – and the enduring wandering of migrants in Bangladesh. Continue reading

Variations of nationalism in Ecuador: NGOs and the inclusion and exclusion of Colombian and Venezuelan exiles

L. Laplace

Lucie Laplace Doctorante en science politique, Université Lumière Lyon 2, laboratoire Triangle

Ecuador has long presented itself as a host country that is particularly favourable to migrants. Over the past ten years or so, however, “inclusive nationalism” has been transformed into “exclusive nationalism”. NGOs helping forced migrants have mobilised on the legal front and have implemented economic programmes to promote the figure of the “good” refugee. Continue reading

Unwelcome in Brazil: the broken promise to Venezuelan refugees

T. Valiquette

Y. Su

G. Scheidweiler

Tyler Valiquette PhD student (University College London, United Kingdom)

Yvonne Su Assistant Professor (York University, Toronto, Canada)

Gerson Scheidweiler Research Director of the National Observatory of Women in Politics (Brasilia, Brazil)

Drawing on a survey, this article argues that despite Brazil’s promise to welcome Venezuelan asylum seekers as refugees, the country remains hostile to migrants, particularly those from the LGBTQI+ community.
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