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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, 2005-03-31 - 2005-04-02, Texas, United States.

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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)
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Additional Information: © 2005 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 15:56
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 08:21

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