The European refugee crisis

The European refugee crisis has put the EU’s ability to find a common answer to the test. The member states’ difficulties in agreeing on a division of responsibilities for refugees also raises questions about cohesion and solidarity within the Union, which will have consequences not only for member states' confidence in each other, but also for the EU's capacity to adopt common solutions.

During the European refugee crisis, meetings at the EU level have succeeded each other and a reform of the Common European Asylum System is currently underway. What has really been achieved in terms of the EU's goals for a common policy on asylum, migration and control of external borders?

Below you will find a number of publications and seminar recordings that will inform you about the developments in the area.

Who is responsible for the refugee crisis?

In the SIEPS' publication The law and practice of solidarity in the Common European Asylum System: Article 80 TFEU and its added value, Eleni Karageorgiou, a qualified lawyer with Athens' Bar Association and a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law at Lund University, discusses Article 80 in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Article 80 is the foundation of the Union´s asylum policy and states that the EU´s policies for border control, asylum and immigration should be guided by a principle of solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility. In the light of this principle Karageorgiou looks closer at the EU relocation mechanism, the EU-Turkey partnership and the proposal to reform the Dublin regulation.

At the SIEPS’ seminar An EU asylum policy based on solidarity – just empty words? the participants discussed the article in the treaty that states that solidarity should guide the EU’s policies on border control, asylum and immigration. An alternative to the current EU level relocation scheme was also presented at the seminar as well as the Commission’s and a number of EU ambassador’s interpretation of the solidarity principle.