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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: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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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.

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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Refugee protection; market mechanism; quotas; policy harmonisation; burden-sharing.
      Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > asylum policy
      Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
      ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
      Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
      Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
      Official EU Document: No
      Language: English
      Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2005
      Page Range: p. 31
      Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:24
      URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3001

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