Europe is experiencing the mass movements of displaced people in a way that it has largely been immune from for decades. The manifestations of what is being called a ‘migration crisis’ are as disparate as the building of fences to stop people crossing normally peaceful borders, the deaths of people transported by smugglers in unseaworthy boats, EU political leaders bickering over a Common European Asylum System and the numbers they will or will not allow into their respective countries, and contentious responses to the disaster that continues to unfold in Syria. Alongside this we also see an upsurge of grassroots compassion, solidarity and assistance to those whose human suffering in and around Europe constitutes the reality behind the rhetoric.
In this issue of FMR, authors throw legal, practical, moral and experiential light on the multifarious issues and manifestations that make up this ‘migration crisis’.
The issue will be available in print and online in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. FMR is free of charge in print and online (www.fmreview.org/destination-
We are grateful to the International Organization for Migration, the Open Society Foundations, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for Europe for their financial support of this issue.