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About Janina Pescinski

Janina Pescinski is a junior research fellow at the United Nations University Institute on Globalisation, Culture and Mobility. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to questions of migration and human rights, as well as the role of diaspora networks and civil society.

Articles by Janina Pescinski

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Humanitarian citizens: breaking the law to protect human rights

When states criminalise help, is it a sign of active citizenship to disobey?

Introducing this week's special theme: 'Cities of welcome, cities of transit'

openDemocracy and its partners brought activists, academics, and policy makers together in Barcelona late last July to discuss a way forward for refugee-related activism and city welcome policies. 

Building a refugee political movement

Refugees in Europe assert their political agency in many ways, but must do so informally. A new movement seeks to give refugees a seat at the policy table.

Fortifying the outer defences under the guise of partnership

The EU is moving deeper into its project of externalising border management, further endangering its claim to be a defender of human rights.

The common humanity of Nuit Debout

The Nuit Debout movement has effectively challenged state power in many cities, forcing people to think about how their struggles articulate with those of others.

The limits of borders

Borders are constructed to separate people, but they become a permanent point of contact and violence between the two sides.

Sustaining the global focus on migration

Previous migration crises taking place outside Europe were unable to hold global attention. Now that Europe can't look away, we must seize the opportunity to press for global immigration reform.

Cities of migration

Local governments are developing creative ways of welcoming refugees into their cities, often despite national policies rather than because of them. National and regional governments could learn from those experiences.

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