Fleeing to Europe: Europeanization and the right to seek refugee status
AbstractThis paper deals with a sensitive topic that one may call the borderline syndrome of Europe:the efforts to harmonize the national policies of the enlarged European Union with respect to the rightto enter Europe as a refugee or as an asylum seeker.The right to seek refugee status, a convention thathas its roots in Europe has now become a burden to the very people who created it. Consequently,the countries in Europe have developed various strategies of dealing with the syndrome.While some have adopted more or less sophisticated procedures to let people in, others have developedequally sophisticated but pitiless procedures to keep people out. Third countries and countries thatshare borders with European Union have been absorbed into what is now called externalisation of the refugee problem.The fear of taking disproportionate burden has also resulted in callous treatment of refugees and asylum seekers bythese third countries. In this award winning paper, the author provides the reader with an in-depth analyses of the nexus of Europeanization and the right to refugee status and comes to a rather painful conclusion that harmonisation has become a failure; least respected in the Union and at best has become Â‘beggar thy neighbour policyÂ’. Looking from the perspective of the refugees Â– the harmonisation policy has become obnoxious; in clear violation of international treaties. But who cares? Such treaties are held in contempt by the first border officials that an asylum seeker meets.
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