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.
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)|
|Additional Information:||© 2005 The Author|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||refugee protection, European Union, market mechanism, quotas, policy harmonisation, burden-sharing|
|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
|Date Deposited:||30 Nov 2010 15:56|
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