- Published on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 15:26
- Category: Articles and Commentary
- Written by New Eastern Europe
In the second half of 2015, New Eastern Europe extensively covered issues connected with migration and cultural diversity both in the printed edition as well as online. Our authors examined events taking place in Europe in 2015 from different angles in order to provide readers with a larger picture of the migration situation. Although it was certainly one of the most important events in recent history of Europe, New Eastern Europe’s coverage was not limited to the waves of migration fleeing the war in the Middle East. There are other migration processes taking place in Eastern Europe which deserves attention as well, including the internally displaced people in Ukraine as a result of the unrest and instability in the east of the country or the fact the Russia is experiencing one of the largest waves of emigration in recent history.
The online edition of New Eastern Europe presents a series of essays and analyses to accompany the Nov-Dec 2015 issue of the magazine. Below is a list of these texts from our online Special Coverage on the migration and refugee crisis.
Special Online Coverage:
Learn more about the special issue on migration at
This issue of New Eastern Europe attempts to add a deeper dimension to the migration waves taking place in Europe.
Rafał Baczyński-Sielaczek, an analyst with the Institute of Public Affairs: Migrations are one of contemporary society’s most important determinants of change. Rapid growth of human mobility has become an important social trend which has great impact on both sending and receiving countries.
Sebastian Płóciennik, Coordinator of the EU Programme at the Polish Institute of International Affairs: Germany’s experience with immigration can hardly be called negative. After the Second World War, the country accepted numerous Gastarbeiters (“guest workers”) from Southern Europe and later from Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Balkans as well as so-called “late refuges” of German origin from post-Soviet states.
Joanna Fomina, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Ukrainians are by far the largest group of foreign workers in Poland, constituting at least 80 per cent of all registered employees from abroad. There is also a steady growth in both the issuance of declarations of intent as well as work permits for Ukrainian citizens.
Thomas Grumke, German political scientist: At the start of the 21st century, right-wing parties belong to almost all Western democracies, including Germany. After 25 years of German reunification one can find - within a considerable part of the population - significant signs of fatigue of representative democracy.
An interview with Martin Ehl, chief international editor of the Czech daily "Hospodářské noviny": After World War II, the Czech Republic became a homogenous country. Before the war, there were large Jewish, German and Roma minorities living in our country. The Holocaust and expulsion of Germans changed that significantly.
Przemysław Roguski, lecturer at the Jagiellonian University: Europe must get serious about managing the influx of migrants into Greece and organising their onwards journey. If the Dublin system is to be re-established, Greece should be helped in caring for and registering the arriving migrants, by ways of financial and technical assistance.
An interview with Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, German politician and former member of the German National Parliament: Merkel's handling of the refugee crisis is a result of dealing with the crisis in Greece earlier this year. In that crisis the German government was criticised for trying to impose a strict austerity programme on the members of the European Currency Union. Merkel’s stand in the refugee crisis reflects a deep-seated feeling of moral obligation, but it is also more comfortable for the southern Member States of the EU.
Basil Kerski, the director of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk: My personal biography and family history are the reasons why I will always sympathise with migrants and refugees. Many times throughout my life, I have crossed borders of cultures, nations and states. My mother is Polish and my father is Iraqi.
Bartosz Marcinkowski, assistant editor with "New Eastern Europe": One of the outcomes of the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe is that Central Europe has been more frequently labeled as Eastern Europe in the public debate. In a way, the migrant crisis has damaged the reputation of Central Europe.
Omar Marques, a Portugese freelance photographer based in Kraków, Poland: In the middle of Europe, at the Keleti train station in Budapest, for more than three weeks now we have been facing an outrageous situation. Hungary’s capital serves as a layover for Middle Eastern refugees en route to what they believe is a better world: Austria and Germany.
Natalia Żaba, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network: Besnik and Baftir Nuredini are brothers, originally from Gostivar in western Macedonia. Now they live in Switzerland where they run a car repair shop. They came to Presevo together with a friend, Ujkan Idrizi, a lawyer from Gostivar to help refugees from the Middle East.
Natalia Żaba, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network: As thousands of refugees heading to Europe cross Serbia and Hungary, hostility and fear of terrorism is on the rise in border villages.
Abdullah Rinat Mukhametov, expert on the Russian mufti council: A low birth rate, high mortality and a large number of abortions has generated a phenomenon known in demographic literature as "the Russian cross" ‒ that is, large-scale depopulation that is graphically represented by the falling birth rate line crossing over the growing mortality one.
Thomas Mulhall, independent Irish writer based in Warsaw, Poland: An alarming survey recently conducted by the Polish Association of Human Resource Management (PSZK), found that 46 per cent of students in educational institutions are thinking about leaving the country.
Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska, blogs editor at E-International Relations: The Ukrainian state has not been prepared for such a rapid and unprecedented inflow of people and its response to the crisis has been largely inadequate. The financial difficulties of the country, coupled with a political crisis and the ongoing war in Donbas, has meant that there have been neither the resources nor the political will to properly address the needs of the IDPs and the problems caused by the displacement.