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    Why the refugee quota system is unfair on poorer eastern and southern EU states

Why the refugee quota system is unfair on poorer eastern and southern EU states

EU states agreed on 23 September to implement a refugee quota system which will distribute 120,000 refugees across the EU, despite four member states – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia – voting against the proposal. Luc Bovens and Anna Bartsch write that regardless of the wider debate over whether a quota system is justified or not, it […]

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    Contrary to the claims of German politicians, Germany is not taking on more than its fair share of refugees

Contrary to the claims of German politicians, Germany is not taking on more than its fair share of refugees

The extent to which EU countries take on their ‘fair share’ of asylum seekers is a contentious issue. Luc Bovens and Jane von Rabenau write on concern within Germany that the country is taking on a higher burden than other EU states. They argue that when compared on a per capita basis with similar EU countries, Germany performs relatively […]

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    Germany is accepting less than its fair share of refugees, while official data have also overestimated the number of refugees living in the country

Germany is accepting less than its fair share of refugees, while official data have also overestimated the number of refugees living in the country

How has Germany performed with regard to accepting asylum applications and refugees? Luc Bovens and Jane von Rabenau assess recent data on acceptance rates and the size of the refugee population in Germany, finding that the country has one of the lowest acceptance rates in western/northern Europe. The size of the refugee population in Germany is more moderate by […]

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Greece, Portugal, Spain and the East European states take on less than their fair share of responsibility for EU asylum seekers.

One of the stated aims of the “2008 Policy Plan on Asylum” by the European Commission is increased ‘responsibility sharing’ between Member States with respect to asylum seekers. Luc Bovens and Günperi Sisman assess the extent to which UNHCR outcome data reflect these aims between 2006 and 2011 – from the end of the first phase of the Common European […]

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