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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Minna Ålander, Sophia Russack

Member states’ expectations towards the German Council Presidency

Working Paper Research Division EU/Europe 2020/ No. 01, July 2020, 26 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020WP07

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

Raphael Bossong

EU Border Security in a Time of Pandemic

Restoring the Schengen Regime in the Face of Old Conflicts and New Requirements for Public Health

SWP Comment 2020/C 28, June 2020, 8 Pages

doi:10.18449/2020C28

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

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SWP Comments

Dominic Vogel
German Armed Forces Approaching Outer Space

The Air and Space Operations Centre As a Gateway to Multi-domain Operations


Sinem Adar, Nicola Bilotta, Aurélien Denizeau, Sinan Ekim, Dorothée Schmid, Günter Seufert, Ilke Toygür, Karol Wasilewski
Customs Union: Old Instrument, New Function in EU-Turkey Relations


SWP Research Papers

Andrea Schmitz
Uzbekistan’s Transformation

Strategies and Perspectives


Muriel Asseburg
Reconstruction in Syria

Challenges and Policy Options for the EU and its Member States