EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: EUR 400 million Special Measure on education adopted

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a new assistance package worth €400 million, for the education of Syrian refugees in Turkey. This is the first action adopted following the agreement by EU Member States to finance an additional €3 billion for the Facility for Refugees […]

Refugees now make up 1% of the world’s population

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Alex Gray, Formative Content If all the world’s refugees came together as a single nation they would collectively create one of the largest countries on Earth. According to the UNHCR, there are now almost 70 million forcibly displaced […]

How migrants who send money home have become a global economic force

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: William Lacy Swing, Director-General, International Organization for Migration (IOM) More people are on the move around the world than ever before. An estimated 258 million people are currently living outside their country of origin. Every migrant chooses to […]

African migration: what the numbers really tell us

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Marie McAuliffe, Head of Migration Policy Research Division, International Organization for Migration & Adrian Kitimbo, Research Associate, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria Africa is often depicted in the media as a continent of mass exodus. […]

How a teen refugee survived a shipwreck and saved a baby’s life

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Melissa Fleming, Spokesperson for the High Commissioner/ Chief of Communications, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) This excerpt is from Melissa Fleming’s new book “A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea”. The book was chosen as June’s […]

A day in the life of a refugee: We should be someone who helps

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Davor Klepo, a 3rd year Croatian medical student from University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer in Osijek. He serves as secretay of local committee in CroMSIC and Publicatons assistant in IFMSA. Mr Klepo is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). The opinion expressed […]

A day in the life of a refugee: the wait

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Blehuiu Bogdan-Ionut, a 24 year old and medical student in 4th year at University and Pharmacy Craiova, Romania. Mr Blehuiu Bogdan-Ionut is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily […]

A day in the life of a refugee: why should we care?

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Gustavo Bitencourt Caetano Barros, currently a medical student at Instituto Metropolitano de Ensino Superior in Brazil. Mr Gustavo Bitencourt Caetano Barros is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily […]

The refugee crisis as a young Nigerian doctor sees it

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Imeh Michael, a young Nigerian, currently a 5th year medical student of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (CMUL), Nigeria. Mr Michael is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does […]

The refugee crisis seen through the eyes of a young doctor from Turkey

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Idil Kina, a 2nd year medical student from Turkey. Ms Kina is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one. When […]

Syrian Refugees in Germany face distinctly different challenges than those in Lebanon

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Maria Krayem, a German-Syrian medical student at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. Ms Krayem is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European […]

A day in the life of a Rohingya refugee

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Dr. Imtiaz Hafiz, Medical Officer of Primary Health Center at Relief International who also serves as a Clinic in-Charge OPD (Out Patient Department) in the PHC funded by UNICEF at WW Zone, Rohingya Camp. Dr. Imtiaz Hafiz is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students […]

“Sorry mom it’s not our day”: the true refugee story of a young doctor and his family forced to flee their home

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Mohammed B. Othman, a junior doctor in Mosul city. Mr Othman is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European […]

Give a chance to the brothers of Ailan: reception of refugees in Greece

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Michaella Alexandrou. The writer is a first year medical student at the University of Athens, Greece. She is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The […]

At the edge of humanity: refugee healthcare in Greece and the EU

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Eleana Strouthou. The writer is a second year medical student at European University Cyprus Nicosia.  Mrs Strouthou is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). We were driving in Lesvos, Greece, passing by the people walking towards the port, a 12-hour distance by feet. “Stop there, let’s help the […]

2016 crisis update: the year of the Red Fire Monkey burns the world’s markets down

The Chinese New Year began two days ago and has brought already significant turbulences and volatilities to the global financial markets and economies. Luckily for the world’s second largest economy, Chinese stock markets are closed due to New Year’s festivities and haven’t experienced, at least yet, the losses of the European, U.S. and Japanese markets. This […]

Migration crisis update: Greece could probably say goodbye to Schengen really soon

It was two days ago when the European Commission’s draft report revealed “serious deficiencies” of the Greek government to comply with its obligations under the Schengen’s Agreement rules regarding the control of the migrant influx. If these suggestions are voted by the majority of the EU member states, then Greece will be given a 90 […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “We need more Schengen but reinforce control!”, France’s Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron emphasises from Davos

Earlier today in Davos, WEF organized one more session on Europe in order to find ways to deal with one of the most important issues that the old continent is facing which is no other than the refugee crisis. The session that took place in the Sanada room was called “Europe at a tipping point” and was moderated by Lyse […]

G20 LIVE: “International communities and leaders have great expectations for 2016 G20 summit in Hangzhou China”, Mr Wang Xiaolong, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s special envoy stresses live from G20 in Antalya Turkey

During the second day of the G20 Leaders Summit in Antalya Turkey HE Mr Wang Xiaolong, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for G20 gave a press conference regarding the G20 2015 developments and upcoming G20 2016 in China. The conference took place in the hotel hosting the International Media Center and the European Sting was certainly […]

G20 World Exclusive Interview: “The world, especially emerging economies and developing countries, require a more sustainable and quality development”, the Spokesperson of Japan underscores live from Antalya Turkey

On 16 November 2015, the second day of the G20 Leaders Summit in Antalya Turkey, the European Sting conducted a world exclusive interview with HE Mr Yasuhisa Kawamura, Spokesperson and Director-General for Press and Public Diplomacy of Japan. The comprehensive interview was taken by Panos Katsampanis, Co-Founder of the European Sting, and took place inside a suite […]

EU takes again positive action on migration crisis while Turkey asks for dear favors in exchange for cooperation

A mini-summit took place in Brussels last weekend involving the Western Balkan countries and aiming at tackling the escalating migration crisis in the EU. The outcome was the promotion of a 17-point plan which aspires to tackle the issue. The problem that keeps on lingering though is whether the EU countries will look at the greater good of […]

Refugee crisis update: Commission still in panic while Turkey is to be added in the equation

It was only last Wednesday that Russia officially launched airstrikes in Syria which are supposed to target terrorist groups such as Islamic State (IS). The attacks however aim at western Syria where “strangely” IS has no activity. Consequently, while Russia is mitigating the war in Syria backing-up Assad and his government, refugees continue leaving massively the […]

Why the 33,000 staff European Commission did not have a real contingency plan for the refugee crisis?

Last Wednesday the EU leaders convened in Brussels to discuss the migration crisis in view of the decision made by the Interior Ministers one day ago. The Heads of States finally decided to “work together in a spirit of solidarity and responsibility” supporting the positive vote taken by the majority of Ministers at the Extraordinary […]

The refugee crisis brings to light EU’s most horrible flaws and nightmares

Last Monday, the EU Interior Ministers convened in Brussels in order to discuss about the quotas of the 120.000 refugees proposed by the European Commission (EC) but didn’t manage again to come to a common decision. Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary belong to the group of countries that are against the latter proposal which […]