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Briefing Paper
Towards Elections with Integrity

Election observation is a vital tool for maintaining democracy, yet only a small proportion of elections lead to significant political change. Here’s how the EU can make its election observation missions more effective.

When Law Doesn’t Rule: State Capture of the Judiciary, Prosecution, Police in Serbia

When the Law Doesn’t Rule identifies seven ways in which political control is exerted over the judiciary, prosecution, and police in Serbia, and how systemic weaknesses in the exercise of the rule of law are being exploited.

How the Open Society Foundations Are Defending Free Speech in Hungary

The Hungarian government’s attacks against free speech are an attack on the rights of us all. Here’s what we're doing to support the Hungarian people.

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Does Offshoring Asylum and Migration Actually Work?

This policy brief provides a comparative look at offshoring asylum and migration management in Australia, Spain, Tunisia, and the United States; and offers lessons learned for the EU.

Data Alone Won’t Stop Ethnic Profiling

While many police officers in Belgium recognize that ethnic profiling is real and harmful, acknowledging the problem is only the beginning. It’s time for law enforcement to move beyond words and make concrete policy changes.

Understanding Migration and Asylum in the European Union

The real crisis around migration is in Europe’s poor response to irregular migrants and asylum seekers, including the EU’s ability to keep people safe and secure.