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Burden-sharing: the international politics of refugee protection

Thielemann, Eiko R. (2006) Burden-sharing: the international politics of refugee protection. 134. The Center of Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego, USA.

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Abstract

This article shows that the refugee burdens among Western states are also very unequally distributed and that this constitutes a problem not only for individual states, but also for the EU as whole. It argues that despite many obstacles, the development of regional or international burdensharing regimes is indeed desirable. Attempts to explain or justify steps towards such a system do not have to rely solely on notions of solidarity but can be justified by more traditional interest-based motivations. However, it suggests that the EU’s main burden-sharing initiatives which rely largely on policy harmonisation will not achieve the Union’s objectives in this area. It will be argued that market-based burden-sharing mechanisms need to be explored further and that such market driven policies when combined with policy harmonisation and quota-based initiatives are likely to contribute to a more equitable, efficient and effective refugee burden-sharing system.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://ccis.ucsd.edu
Additional Information: © 2006 The author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Government
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 134
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 15:53
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30092/

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