Half of the world's leading exporters of arms are European Union member states. Weighing the full impact of this trade is complicated by the lack of available information on where these arms end up. Lighthouse Reports has launched a new project, #EUarms, that aims to fill this information void and connect arms manufacturers to the final destination of their exports.
Returns are fast emerging as the favoured tool of policymakers responding to the perceived need to control migration to the developed world. Deportations and voluntary returns of asylum seekers and migrants are being scaled up in Europe with little public scrutiny or understanding of the socio-economic costs or consequences. The Returns Network, launched in October 2018, is an independent journalistic venture that seeks to address serious gaps in publicly reported data.