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Polish response to the refugee crisis: where the wild things are?

By on October 6, 2015

© Lucas Marcomini

When, on 11 September 2015, the Polish prime minister signed a declaration of the Visegrad Group on the migration crisis in Europe, it seemed that the division between old and new Europe stood beyond repair. In the declaration, the countries opposed any form of obligatory refugee distribution in European Union. This act, together with repeated […]

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Commentaries | EU | EU Migration Policies

How a tradable refugee-admission quota system (with matching) could help solve the EU’s migration crisis

By on July 8, 2015

A woman walks on a levy in a flooded agricultural land in Bihar, India on October 1, 2008.

[1] The European Council of 25-26 June failed to reach an agreement on the issue of EU refugee quotas, with several countries being divided over whether and how responsibility for refugees should be distributed across EU member states. In light of this failure, we outline a three-stage proposal for implementing a Tradable Refugee-Admission Quota System […]

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Commentaries | EU Neighbourhood

How feasible is the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in Libya?

By on June 16, 2015

The EU’s planned anti-smuggling military operation in Libya stands on fragile ground, both legally and politically. EU politicians, inspired by the UN Security Council’s 2008 anti-piracy resolution and the EU’s Operation ATALANTA, speak optimistically. However, as I argue in a recent post ‘The Legal and Political Feasibility of the EU’s Planned ‘War on Smuggling’ in […]

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Africa | Commentaries | EU Neighbourhood

Refugees, Masculinity and Discrimination

By on May 11, 2015

There has long been a public debate about how Palestinian refugees handle the tension between their integration in Jordan and their commitment to the Palestinian national predicament. In Jordan, there is a widely-held collective opinion that camp dwellers nurture anti-government sentiments. Local authorities, in particular, describe camp dwellers – male adolescents and young men especially […]

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Commentaries | EU | EU Migration Policies | EU Neighbourhood

How normative is the EU’s power in the field of asylum?

By on May 6, 2015

While much has been written about the European Union’s role in shaping migration and asylum policies in third countries, there is hardly any empirical evidence regarding the extent to which the EU asylum acquis has been emulated in the countries of the so-called European Neighbourhood. The lack of such evidence is problematic as, without a […]

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