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Towards refugee burden-sharing in the European Union: state interests and policy options

Thielemann, Eiko R. (2005) Towards refugee burden-sharing in the European Union: state interests and policy options. In: European Union Studies Association Ninth Biennial International Conference, 31st March-2nd April 2005, Austin, Texas, USA.

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Abstract

This article shows that the refugee burdens among Western states are 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 burden-sharing 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: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Official URL: http://www.eustudies.org/
Additional Information: © 2005 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
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 15:56
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30093/

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