Refugee Crisis

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    The UK’s plans to prevent migration from Libya show a dangerous unwillingness to learn from the past

The UK’s plans to prevent migration from Libya show a dangerous unwillingness to learn from the past

Although much of the attention concerning the migration crisis has recently focused on Greece and Turkey, dangerous boat crossings from Libya continue to present a significant problem. Simon McMahon writes on a proposal by David Cameron to intercept boats in the Mediterranean and return them to the Libyan shore. He argues that the proposal could prove extremely dangerous in […]

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    Five minutes with Javier Solana: ‘Europe must respond to the refugee crisis as it would have liked the world to respond to its suffering’

Five minutes with Javier Solana: ‘Europe must respond to the refugee crisis as it would have liked the world to respond to its suffering’

How should the EU respond to the multiple challenges it presently faces, from economic malaise to the refugee crisis and the conflict in Ukraine? In an interview with EUROPP’s editor Stuart Brown, Javier Solana discusses why Europe should take inspiration from its experience during two world wars in its efforts to help refugees, how the EU can play a greater role […]

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    The EU’s dirty deal with Turkey: why the refugee agreement could have dangerous consequences

The EU’s dirty deal with Turkey: why the refugee agreement could have dangerous consequences

EU leaders have proposed a deal with Turkey under which the country would receive financial assistance and other concessions in exchange for limiting the flow of refugees across Turkey’s borders into the EU. Rebecca Bryant writes that while Turkey undoubtedly requires money to help manage the crisis, the EU should not view the deal as a simple way to […]

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    Why Slovakia has become the focal point for opposition against EU refugee quotas

Why Slovakia has become the focal point for opposition against EU refugee quotas

Slovakia’s Prime Minister, Robert Fico, defended his opposition to refugee quotas in a statement delivered to the European Parliament on 5 October. Katarina Lezova writes on the domestic debate over the refugee crisis within Slovakia. She notes that while the country’s criticism of the quota system has generated controversy at the EU level; within Slovakia itself there is relative […]

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    Five minutes with James Ker-Lindsay: “I have never seen the EU so utterly divided and working against the very principles upon which it was built”

Five minutes with James Ker-Lindsay: “I have never seen the EU so utterly divided and working against the very principles upon which it was built”

How has the refugee crisis affected countries in South Eastern Europe? In a discussion on the situation in Serbia, Croatia and Hungary, James Ker-Lindsay argues that with no country – Germany included – managing to get all of their moves right, the crisis is proving to be the most divisive issue Europe has so far had to face.

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    The interests of refugees should not be forgotten in the attempt to distribute them fairly across the EU

The interests of refugees should not be forgotten in the attempt to distribute them fairly across the EU

EU member states agreed on 23 September to implement a quota system in which 120,000 refugees will be relocated from Greece and Italy to other countries across the EU. Esin Küçük writes that while there is a need to ensure a fair distribution of responsibility for refugees between member states, the interests of refugees should remain the most important […]

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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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    Europeans will be in no mood to show hospitality to refugees until they are hospitable to each other

Europeans will be in no mood to show hospitality to refugees until they are hospitable to each other

Can the EU be hospitable to refugees? Jasmine Gani writes that while support for refugees would in principle fall under the EU’s humanitarian remit, many member states have been slow to come forward with substantial aid. This has highlighted a structural incongruence within the EU when it comes to humanitarian issues, which has been further exacerbated by the budget […]

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Why the EU should consider decriminalising people smuggling

EU member states agreed on 14 September to strengthen actions against people smugglers in the Mediterranean as part of their response to the ongoing migration crisis. Mollie Gerver writes that instead of scaling up actions against smugglers, a better option may be to decriminalise the practice. She argues that criminal sanctions against people smuggling are counter-productive on the basis […]

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    EU migration talks: What EU governments can do to help solve the crisis

EU migration talks: What EU governments can do to help solve the crisis

Anna Triandafyllidou writes on the key measures that are required to help manage the migration crisis, outlining a four-point plan. She argues that EU governments need to broaden their focus beyond the Mediterranean, recognise the mixed motivations that underpin migration, acknowledge the regional realities within individual countries, and better understand the booming smuggling business that facilitates migration routes.

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How academia should respond to Europe’s refugee crisis

What role do academics have in contributing to the debate over Europe’s refugee crisis? Abel Bojar writes that the crisis comes as close to a ‘natural experiment’ as it gets in the social sciences and highlights the members of four particular research disciplines – economists, political economists/political scientists, scholars of electoral and party politics, and experts in international relations […]

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