Features 2017-03-09T07:33:00+00:00
2009, 2017

Too little, too late: The two reasons why our governments failed to implement the EU asylum system that citizens want

September 20th, 2017|

At the beginning of September, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) affirmed that all EU Member States are legally obligated to relocate eligible asylum-seekers who arrive in Greece and Italy until the end of this month (26 September). With the legal analysis over, it is now time to ask whether this pilot relocation system has [...]

1906, 2017

Policymakers: Be as bold as your constituents and support a welcoming Europe!

June 19th, 2017|

The number of immigrants moving to and settling in Europe has increased over the past decade, and so has the openness of Europeans to migrants and especially to refugees. Perhaps surprisingly, despite the rhetoric spouted by some politicians, voters have not turned against people immigrating or seeking asylum, neither after the 2008 economic crisis nor [...]

3105, 2017

Will Hungary’s detention practices put an end to the Common European Asylum System?

May 31st, 2017|

The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is today much less ‘common’ than it used to. Large-scale arrivals of refugees in 2015 have tempted Member States, starting with Hungary, to act unilaterally and in complete violation of EU rules.  Are Hungary’s unpunished waves of massive detention paving the way for other national governments to openly violate EU regulations? Would [...]

703, 2017

ECJ ruling continues absurd asylum impasse

March 7th, 2017|

The European Court of Justice ruling this morning (7 March) that countries have full discretion to refuse humanitarian visas will have serious consequences for the EU’s ability to manage migration and for the lives and safety of thousands of people, writes Thomas Huddleston from the Migration Policy Group. Most potential asylum seekers to the EU are [...]