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Mapping the migrant camps in Europe

Mapping the migrant camps in Europe

Successful integration of refugees and migrants into their host society is at the core of the European migration strategy - at least, on paper. In reality their current living conditions show that they are far from meeting this objective.   MIIR’s ongoing...

The hidden agenda behind the Recovery and Resilience Facility

The hidden agenda behind the Recovery and Resilience Facility

Member countries will be continuously assessed for meeting targets and reforms in order to receive their share of the recovery fund. If European governments do not comply with the agreed recovery plan, the purse strings will be tightened.   Text - Research: Nikos...

What a year of pandemic tells us about European healthcare systems

What a year of pandemic tells us about European healthcare systems

The number of doctors and nurses and the population density of a region are more important indicators than the number of ICUs in predicting Covid-19 deaths. There does not appear to be a causal association between per-capita numbers of ICUs and deaths from Covid....

Trapped in Paradise

Trapped in Paradise

  THE DARK FACE OF THE GREEK TOURISM INDUSTRYPosted workers in the EU: how letterbox companies based in Bulgaria are getting awaywith overworked, underdeclared and underpaid workers in Greek hotels.A months-long cross-border investigation about the hotel industry. By...

Road deaths in the EU are still way off target

Road deaths in the EU are still way off target

The number of victims of road accidents is decreasing year after year in Europe, but its reduction is slower than anticipated. Every year, about 25,000 people still die in accidents in the EU. Author: Kostas Zafeiropoulos On the night of 11 August 2016, 29-year-old...

Warning, No Signal

Warning, No Signal

Only 30 km of the whole rail network in Greece has functioning train traffic lights. The installation of new European Train Control System has derailed in the country because of mismanagement – costing tens of millions of public funds and several fatalities.  Author:...

Greece’s deadly rail tracks

Greece’s deadly rail tracks

Greece takes the bloody lead in deaths and injuries in rail accidents in the EU, according to MIIR research results. Problems are mainly caused by unsafe level crossings, poor infrastructure and traffic management systems, and understaffed companies. Text - Research:...

Alexander the Bot

Alexander the Bot

From ‘ghost users’ to ‘cyborg bots’, a birn investigation shows how nationalists in north macedonia, greece and beyond are unleashing automated armies on social media to rally the masses. Kostas Zafeiropoulos | Bitola, Skopje, Athens | BIRN Date of publication:...

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