Asylum seekers: “Italy has been abandoned by Europe”

The number of asylum seekers in Europe has more than doubled in recent years, representing the biggest movement of people to Europe since the Second World War.
What response can Europe provide? Cécile Kyenge, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and former Minister for Integration in Italy, was this week invited to the Centre d’Etudes Européennes at Sciences Po to debate the issue at a conference focusing on the reception of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.
 
Exploitation by extreme-right European political parties, the opening and closure of borders, the limitations of the EU plan for the reception of refugees, and the European development aid policy are some of the issues discussed. Drawing upon first hand experience, Cécile Kyenge argues that “Italy has been abandoned” yet remains optimistic about the role that the EU can play. “In the last 60 years, the European Union has never been confronted with a more important issue; we need a common immigration policy based upon mutual support and cooperation". Watch the video.
 
In the run-up to the May 2017 French presidential election, the Centre d’Etudes Européennes at Sciences Po is examining the European issues at stake in the campaign. This conversation with Cécile Kyenge is the first in a series of conferences organised by the Centre for European Studies.

 “You can pick up Sciences Po's wifi connexion from the beach!”

“You can pick up Sciences Po's wifi connexion from the beach!”

Hardy Hewson, a British student in the second year of the dual Bachelor’s programme between Columbia and Sciences Po, describes his time on the Menton campus, from classes specialised in the Mediterranean and the Middle East to parties on the beach and playing rugby in the town where Webb Ellis, the sport’s founder, lies in rest.

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“The question of ethics hasn’t been sufficiently addressed”

“The question of ethics hasn’t been sufficiently addressed”

In the run up to the French presidential election, the famous weekly Paris Match invited international students from the Sciences Po Undergraduate College to shed some light on the words that matter to them in politics. Lukas Hochscheidt, 19, a German student in the dual Bachelor's degree programme with Freie Universität Berlin on the Nancy campus, chose the word ‘ethics’.

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Fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac at Sciences Po

Fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac at Sciences Po

On 7 April, fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac delivered a masterclass at Sciences Po. Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who has designed clothes for Rihanna and Lady Gaga, is renowned for his colourful and eccentric style. The designer spent two hours with students discussing his career path; experiences, achievements and uncertainties.
 
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Sciences Po will help your job search

Sciences Po will help your job search

Sciences Po has put together thirteen online mini-modules to help graduates hit the workforce running. Learn how to prepare for your job interview, make the most of your internship, take stock of your skills, define your career plan, manage your online reputation, and much more. All the modules are available for free.

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“When 'Gomorra' came out, it was met by a deafening silence.”

“When 'Gomorra' came out, it was met by a deafening silence.”

On 29 March, Italian author Roberto Saviano was at Sciences Po for the Italissimo festival to talk about literature, ethics and philosophy. Ten years after the publication of his best-seller Gomorra, Roberto Saviano invited students to reflect on the weight of words in the current era of immediacy and social networks. He also insisted on the need for Europe to adjust the rules of the economic game if it wants to combat organised crime. Watch the video.

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“If we want to empower women, we also need to redefine the notion of masculinity.”

“If we want to empower women, we also need to redefine the notion of masculinity.”

In March, four student associations on the Reims campus; Politiqu’elles, HeForShe, SAGA, and The Feminist Society joined forces to celebrate Gender Equality Week. The objective was to bring students together to address gender equality issues such as women in politics and business; to revisit feminism and notions of masculinity; and to reflect upon fundamental questions about sexuality. Watch the video with the student organisers of Gender Equality Week in Reims.

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Experimenting with Basic Income in Finland

Experimenting with Basic Income in Finland

On 23 February 2017, the Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies at Sciences Po hosted a talk by Olli Kangas, Director of Governmental Relations in Kela - the Finnish Social Insurance Institution, on the basic income experiment in Finland. The current Finnish government, a Center-True Finns-Conservatives coalition, launched an experiment on basic income at the start of 2017, with Olli Kangas in charge. 

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