Fact Sheet: Policy With Unclear Partners

A major focus, both of this blog so far and of much of the response to the European migration crisis, has been on working with neighboring countries-“gatekeeper countries as I’ve loosely coined them-to effect lasting change. But what do you do when it’s not clear who runs a country? A large proportion of the migrantsContinue reading “Fact Sheet: Policy With Unclear Partners”

European Migrant Crisis: Action

Stick and Carrot: Riding the Donkey My humble recommendation for EU policymakers regarding the migrant crisis is as follows. Maintain a system of quotas so that even entirely recalcitrant member-states are obligated to help out to some extent. Provide a smaller, separate subsidy for the countries bearing the bulk of initial asylum claims. Maintain theContinue reading “European Migrant Crisis: Action”

A Legislative History of the European Migrant Crisis

03/15: Council of the European Union approves emergency assistance for Greece amid rising tide of migrants. 04/15: Following a globally covered spate of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, the European Council holds a special meeting to address funding and policy issues with efforts to stop traffickers. 08/15: Refugees and police clash at the North MacedonianContinue reading “A Legislative History of the European Migrant Crisis”

European Migrant Crisis: Decisions

As covered in the last post, European policymakers adopted three broad approaches to handling the migration crisis: using regional gatekeepers like Turkey, further improving and integrating EU systems for processing asylum and refugee applications, and working over time to improve conditions in the countries migrants are fleeing. While many other in-the-moment courses of action haveContinue reading “European Migrant Crisis: Decisions”

Options Available to European Policymakers

The options available to policymakers in addressing the migrant crisis were fairly limited. The diffuse nature of the European Union, as well as its fairly inflexible conventions governing asylum applications and refugees, meant that coordinating policy beyond the national level was more difficult than might have been expected of the world’s premier union of independentContinue reading “Options Available to European Policymakers”

European Migration Crisis: Findings

According to the European Commission, as of January 1st 2019 there were 34.2 million people in the EU who had been born outside of it, with 20.9 million non-citizen residents (out of a total EU population of 446.8 million). Many of these non-citizen residents had arrived during the migration crisis in the preceding four years,Continue reading “European Migration Crisis: Findings”

The European Migrant Crisis: Background

Although refugees from northern Africa and the Middle East have sought refuge in European countries for decades, the years between 2014 and 2019 saw a massive wave of refugee claims in EU countries. Spurred by the destruction wrought by the Syrian Civil War and other conflicts, a massive wave of people seeking safety and securityContinue reading “The European Migrant Crisis: Background”