Dossier: Crossing borders – refugee and asylum policy in Europe

Dossier: Crossing Borders – Refugee and Asylum Policy in Europe

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The current ‘refugee crisis’ represents, above all, a political crisis for Europe as lack of coordinated action that has stretched the Union almost to breaking point. In many countries populist right wing parties have been given a new lease of life with increasing numbers of people turning their backs on an open and liberal society. Our dossier, accompanying our conference “Crossing Borders – Refugee and Asylum Policy in Europe”, is an attempt to see how national differences present themselves and what common ground might still be achievable for a common European asylum and refugee policy.

Documentation of the conference

Conference report: Crossing boundaries in European asylum and refugee policy

Many experts are in agreement that the causes and long-term implications of the refugee issue can hardly be resolved at national level. Whether Brussels can play a more prominent role was the subject of debate at the annual European Conference held by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung in Berlin on 26 May 2016.

By Torsten Arndt

Towards a common European Policy

Refugee crisis uncovers past shortfalls

The EU needs a proper strategy that allows migrants a legal form of access. The current situation of the camps in and around the EU is unacceptable. The issue of clarifying immigration regulations for the EU must not be put off any longer.

By Rebecca Harms

Events

Sep 27
Berlin in the 20th Century
Berlin
Oct 02Oct 03
Presentación de documental y conversatorio
Bogotá
Oct 04Oct 05
Cine Foro
Valle del Cauca
Oct 05
Gas Sector Transformation in the Light of Geopolitical Uncertainty
Berlin
Oct 25Oct 31
Contemporary Documentaries
Berlin

Dossier

Dossier: Focus on Hungary

Our dossier on Hungary is as a forum for critical voices since the right-wing government came to power in April 2010. The contributions reflect the socio-political changes as well as long-term developments.

National Perspectives

Managing the refugee crisis: a Greek perspective

Greece as a key migrant entry point needs extra resources to secure the EU’s external border and provide humanitarian assistance. It's vital to manage the burden sharing and secure a pragmatic agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows and facilitate returns.

By Dr. Thanos Dokos

The European refugee crisis - the Croatian view

Due to their recent history many Croatians understand the plight of refugees. Others fear the influx of different cultural and religious influences, and the effects on the economic situation.

By Emina Buzinkic

The Polish perspective on European refugee policy

Poland has also taken in refugees and economic migrants from Chechenya, Georgia, and Ukraine. Any solution to the refugee crisis requires EU-level efforts, including effective implementation.

By Maciej Duszczyk

For further reading...

The Return of Repression

The repression of NGOs and other civil society groups increases worldwide, which leads to a decline of democratic freedom. This issue should be added to the agenda of national parliaments and multilateral organizations.

By Barbara Unmüßig