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The European Union and refugees: towards more restrictive asylum policies in the European Union?

Kaunert, C and Leonard, S 2011, The European Union and refugees: towards more restrictive asylum policies in the European Union? , Working Paper, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

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    Abstract

    Several scholars have argued that European countries have decided to cooperate on asylum and migration matters at the EU level in order to develop more restrictive policies. In particular, it has been argued that European states have ‘venue-shopped’ to a new policy-venue in order to escape national constraints. This paper puts this argument to the test by assessing the extent to which the development of EU cooperation on asylum matters has indeed led to the adoption of more restrictive asylum standards. The paper argues that, actually, EU asylum cooperation has led to an overall increase in protection standards for asylum-seekers and refugees. This outcome is explained by two main factors: the increasing ‘judicialisation’ of asylum in the EU and institutional changes in the EU asylum policy area that have strengthened the role of more ‘refugee-friendly’ institutions.

    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Asylum, European Union, refugees
    Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Publisher: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Funders: Research and Innovation Strategic Fund of the Arts, Media & Social Sciences Faculty, University of Salford
    Depositing User: SL Leonard
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2011 12:36
    Last Modified: 05 Feb 2014 11:32
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18896

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