If the EU truly wants to move away from a ‘donor-recipient’ dynamic, then it should start by acknowledging those imbalances and make a genuine effort to correct them, focusing now on the implementation stage.”
Social care workers deserve to be legally and financially protected as “essential workers,” on par with health care professionals, as this sector faces severe under-funding and informality, meaning many women work running multiple risks while facing high levels of precarity.”
Could it be posited that what is happening along the “Balkan route” is partially a consequence of the EU-Turkey deal and the lack of safe and legal pathways to access the EU? Sadly, the EU and its member states have turned a blind eye on human rights’ infringements and human suffering for too long.
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the weakness of European welfare states, as gaps leave people unprotected, in vulnerable situations without any sources of income. Such gaps can and must be prevented with an EU framework on minimum income schemes.”
The COVID-19 pandemic means huge ongoing challenges in terms of schooling for children all over Europe. Among the worst affected in Europe are Roma children. Many are experiencing a complete halt in an education that is their best chance at breaking the historic marginalisation of this ethnic group.”
The ongoing global discussion about racism and ethnic discrimination needs to include the obstacles faced by non-European migrants in Europe. While migrants have long been contributing and have played a critical role as essential workers recently during the pandemic, they have rarely been recognised for their positive contributions and their rights are still being undermined.
The COVID-19 crisis shows the crucial importance of a well-performing social protection system. Let’s take the opportunity to invest in social protection as a structural solution to address the consequences of the COVID crisis, and not merely offer short-term measures.”