European Migration and Refugee Policy

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The sharp increase of irregular immigration into Europe via the Mediterranean in 2015 has moved the issue to the very top of the European agenda. The EU’s migration and refugee policy now encompasses a large number of different instruments and agreements. The policy area is further complicated by the fact that the responsibilities and competencies within foreign, security, development and economic policy or of humanitarian actors are often not clearly delimited. On the one hand, it is a declared objective of the European Commission to realise the most comprehensive approach possible, especially with regard to cooperation with partner states that are important for migration policy. On the other hand, this carries the risk of internal EU conflicts of interest and has in the past led to contradictory priority-setting and tardy implementation, and to the current crisis in the common asylum system.

Publications

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David Kipp, Nadine Knapp, Amrei Meier

Negative Sanctions and the EU’s External Migration Policy

“Less for Less” Not Fit for Purpose

SWP Comment 2020/C 34, June 2020, 4 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C34

Sinem Adar

Reflections on EU-Turkey Cooperation over Migration Governance: Prioritizing Refugee Lives andRights

in: Snapshot Analyses on the “Refugee Deal”: Four Years After the EU-Turkey Statement, MERGE, May 2020
Sinem Adar, Steffen Angenendt, Muriel Asseburg, Raphael Bossong, David Kipp

The Refugee Drama in Syria, Turkey, and Greece

Why a Comprehensive Approach Is Needed

SWP Comment 2020/C 16, April 2020, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C16

Sinem Adar

Idlib’s Unfolding Humanitarian Catastrophe

Turkey’s decision to open its borders with Europe is a tactic to pressure the EU for support in Idlib. Despite Ankara’s violations of democratic norms, the humanitarian situation in Idlib requires the international community’s support. An assessment by Sinem Adar.

Point of View, 02.03.2020
Salim Çevik

Short- and Long-Term Impacts of the Escalation in Idlib

The current escalation in Idlib between Turkish and Russian-backed Syrian forces has two dimensions: the immediate Turkish involvement in Syria and the broader Turkish-Russian rapprochement. An assessment by Salim Çevik.

Point of View, 12.02.2020
Sinem Adar

EU-Turkey Cooperation over Migration

Despite its recent threats, Ankara is signalling interest in cooperating on migration governance. In the likely continuation of the Statement, the EU should link the implementation of the Statement to issues of rule of law. An Assessment by Sinem Adar

Point of View, 24.01.2020
Sinem Adar

Repatriation to Turkey’s “Safe Zone” in Northeast Syria

Ankara’s Goals and European Concerns

SWP Comment 2020/C 01, January 2020, 4 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C01

Raphael Bossong

The Expansion of Frontex

Symbolic Measures and Long-term Changes in EU Border Management

SWP Comment 2019/C 47, December 2019, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2019C47

Evita Schmieg

Connections between Trade Policy and Migration

A Sphere of Action for the EU

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 15, November 2019, 31 Pages

doi:10.18449/2019RP15

Annegret Bendiek, Raphael Bossong

Shifting Boundaries of the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy

A Challenge to the Rule of Law

SWP Research Paper 2019/RP 12, September 2019, 28 Pages

doi:10.18449/2019RP12

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