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  • Future Europe
  • Migration and Integration

How to fix the breaks in Europe’s asylum system

Early in April, the European Commission published a Communication outlining its intention to substantially reform the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). As intended, it was followed up by substantial reform proposals for the “Dublin system” of allocating responsibility for asylum applications, and will end with a fully-harmonised European asylum system. From the outset, it’s fair… Read article ›

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  • Migration and Integration
  • Quality Europe

EU failing to meet its own targets across its refugee strategy

The EU’s refugee strategy is essentially one of building ‘Fortress Europe’, as shown most clearly in its recent EU-Turkey deal, much criticised by the UN and major NGOs amongst others. Yet even on its own terms and commitments, the EU is failing. Asylum-seekers are still being detained in overcrowded conditions, EU pledges to deploy asylum… Read article ›

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  • Migration and Integration

Will the 50,000 refugees in Greece be relocated, and will the humanitarian crisis recede?

The 50,000 asylum-seekers who got to Greece before the EU’s cut-off date of 20th March may seem to be the lucky ones, compared to those awaiting deportation from Lesbos and other islands. But the desperate conditions in Idomeni, Piraeus and in some of the official camps, and the snail-like pace of the EU’s relocation programme,… Read article ›

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  • Future Europe
  • Migration and Integration

The beginning of the end, or the start of something new?

From today, refugees and migrants who arrived in Greece after 20th March will be returned to Turkey as the result of last month’s widely-criticised deal. This latest attempt to ‘solve’ the migration crisis will likely see images screened around the world of the European authorities ‘being tough’ on those who arrive illegally. It is hoped… Read article ›