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María Elorza Saralegui

Aarhus, Denmark
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About María
María Elorza Saralegui is a freelance journalist and illustrator who is currently completing an Erasmus Mundus Master in Aarhus, Denmark. She focuses on environmental and social issues with a special interest in investigative reporting on climate change and human rights abuses.
Feature articles and cultural reviews have been published in English, French and German in local outlets across Europe.
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Why is Denmark expanding its cruel Syrian refugee policy?

05 Oct 2023  |  The New Arab
Denmark has been expanding its stringent asylum policy, increasingly deeming Syrian regions as safe for return and revoking refugee protection. This policy contradicts the UN Commission of Inquiry into Syria, the EU Parliament, and human rights organizations' findings. The Danish Immigration Service's actions have left many Syrian refugees, like 75-year-old Hashim Daher Amam, in fear of being forced back to Syria, despite the country's conditions being 'serious, fragile and unpredictable.' Denmark's 'temporary protection' approach, which began with a 2014 amendment to the Aliens Act, has been criticized for inducing a sense of unwelcome and temporariness among refugees. Despite the policy's harshness, actual revocations after the appeal process are relatively low. Denmark's approach is influencing other European countries' immigration policies, with conservative parties seeking inspiration from the 'Danish Model.'

Why is Denmark expanding its cruel Syrian refugee policy?

02 Oct 2023  |  The New Arab
Denmark has expanded its controversial asylum policy, increasingly deeming more Syrian regions safe for return despite international opposition and the ongoing instability in Syria. This policy has led to the revocation of refugee protections for many Syrians, causing significant distress and uncertainty. The Danish government's stance has been criticized by various human rights organizations and is seen as setting a dangerous precedent in the European Union. The policy has also inspired other countries to adopt similar restrictive measures, further complicating the plight of Syrian refugees.

Europe’s trains: Why a fragmented rail network is failing passengers and the planet

05 Apr 2023  |  euronews
The article by María Elorza Saralegui and Helena Rodríguez discusses the challenges facing European rail travel, despite common misconceptions that trains are more expensive than planes. A study by the International Union of Railways suggests significant savings when choosing trains over planes. The authors identify three main issues: a fragmented railway network driven by national interests, a historical lack of cross-border coordination, and inefficient and sometimes unfair investments. The European Railway Agency (ERA) and the Community of European Railways and Infrastructure Companies (CER) provide insights into the complexities of the current system, including the separation of infrastructure and operators, technical standardization issues, and the digital challenges of ticket purchasing. The article also touches on EU efforts to improve rail infrastructure and the anticipation of tax reforms that could level the playing field between rail and air travel. Greenpeace's stance on customer rights and the potential environmental benefits of shifting to rail are also discussed.

Articles and reviews published in the Luxembourgish media outlet woxx.

Why losing heritage to the climate crisis is a process best embraced

22 Mar 2022  |  Periferias
The article discusses the impact of climate change on cultural heritage, focusing on the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse in Denmark. The lighthouse, which was recently moved inland to protect it from coastal erosion, serves as a case study for the broader issue of heritage sites threatened by sea level rise. Lars Krants, a senior curator at Moesgaard Museum, expresses skepticism about moving landmarks as a means of preservation, suggesting it can detract from their authenticity. The article explores the tension between the desire to preserve cultural heritage and the inevitability of change and loss due to natural processes and climate change. It also touches on the legal and financial challenges of archaeological investigation and preservation in Denmark. Anthropologist David Harvey adds perspective on the value of heritage sites, suggesting that their vulnerability can enhance their appeal and that learning to accept loss can be a positive human attribute.

Listen to the sounds of national park Mols Bjerge in Denmark while reading the article.

14 Jan 2022  |  Periferias
The article discusses the challenges of biodiversity preservation in Denmark, particularly in the national park of Mols Bjerge. Despite Denmark's rich biodiversity, the country is not meeting the EU's biodiversity targets. The national park, mostly privately-owned, does not add additional protections to the land. The Danish government has taken steps to address biodiversity loss, but the effectiveness of national parks in halting the decline is questioned. The article highlights the need for stricter legal protections and nature restoration. It also covers the efforts to engage with private landowners for conservation purposes and the potential impact of new 'nature national parks' being initiated by the Social Democratic government. The upcoming UN Convention on Biological Diversity's COP 15 is mentioned as a significant event for global biodiversity commitments.

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