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More pathways for migrants to Europe can foil people smugglers – border clampdowns will not

By on February 3, 2017
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The ongoing migration and refugee crisis tops the agenda at a meeting of EU political leaders in the Maltese capital, Valletta. Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, captured the urgency of the situation when he told the European Parliament in late January: “The European Union will be seriously tested unless we act now.” The backdrop to […]

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Commentaries | EU

Hotspots and Relocation Schemes: the right therapy for the Common European Asylum System?

By on February 8, 2016

Introduction The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and the Schengen travel area are in considerable jeopardy. The spontaneous arrival of approximately one million persons in 2015, 90% from the top refugee-producing countries of the world (UNHCR), has cruelly exposed their paradoxes and set in motion centrifugal forces that appear to threaten their very existence (The […]

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Commentaries | EU | EU Migration Policies

Turkey and the EU: consensus or contention?

By on November 17, 2015

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The visit of the Turkish president, Tayyip Erdoğan, to Brussels on 4-6 October 2015 and his meetings with high-ranking EU officials caused an intense media discussion. The reason is the set of measures discussed by Turkish and European officials regarding current migration crisis management. The measures discussed, among others, include the collaboration between Turkey and […]

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Commentaries | EU

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

By on October 6, 2015

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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

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[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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