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A refugee woman in the Katsikas Camp in the Epirus Region of Northwest Greece.Photo: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

One year stranded and what’s changed?

This update provides an overview of the current situation in Greece, one year on since the introduction of Europe’s flawed migration policies to close borders along the Western Balkan route and return migrants and refugees to Turkey.

Barbed wire fences surrounding the refugee reception facilities on the islands. Credit: Matthew Cassel

The reality of the EU-Turkey Statement

The EU has a proud history of commitment to international law and human rights which has driven its policies for 60 years. This joint agency paper argues that now is the time for Europe to show global leadership on migration by adopting policies that uphold these values, rather than triggering a race to the bottom.

The reception systems, which provide people on the move with both accommodation and support to demand asylum, fall way below international standards.

Balkan border closures putting migrants at risk

The border closures in the Western Balkans this year have not stopped people seeking safety and a dignified life in Europe, but have forced them to resort to ever more dangerous routes, leaving them even more vulnerable.

EU can't afford to fudge tax haven blacklist

EU governments are on the brink of agreeing a tax haven blacklist that could ensure corporate tax havens face international sanctions for the first time. This is a welcome move if the list includes objective and comprehensive criteria instead of focussing solely on opacity of tax systems, said Oxfam today.

Harmonizing EU tax rules is good but commitment to tackle race to the bottom is a must

Today the European Commission released its fourth package to combat tax evasion and tax avoidance. This corporate tax reform package notably includes a proposal to harmonize the tax base among EU 28 member states. Oxfam supports the ongoing efforts of the European Commission to reopen discussions on tax base harmonization and to push ahead in the fight against tax avoidance.

Saibi Mrisho (33) prepares to make charcoal by stacking wood, covering it with leaves and earth and slow burning it over 3 days. Photo credit: Aubrey Wade/Oxfam

Burning land, burning the climate

There is overwhelming evidence of the harm caused by the European Union’s current bioenergy policy to people in developing countries, to the climate and to Europe’s own sustainable development. This briefing follows the trail of destruction left by the policy on three continents.

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