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Towards a New European Refugee Policy that Works


  • Amelie F.Constant
  • Klaus F.Zimmermann


While Europe feels inundated by the 2015 refugee waves, the policy responses of the European Union and its member countries exhibit signs of helplessness. The Dublin system assigning responsibility to the country of first-entry has failed. Identifying true asylum seekers effectively and distributing them fairly across Europe requests loyalty to the once accepted humanitarian standards and solidarity with the principles of Europe. A turnaround of the European asylum policy is needed: Commonly organised registration, selection and distribution systems have to be followed by an early access of asylum seekers to the European labour markets.
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  • Amelie F.Constant & Klaus F.Zimmermann, 2017. "Towards a New European Refugee Policy that Works," ifo DICE Report, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 14(04), pages 03-08, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ces:ifodic:v:14:y:2017:i:04:p:03-08

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    1. Timothy J. Hatton, 2015. "Asylum Policy in the EU: the Case for Deeper Integration," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 61(3-4), pages 605-637.
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      Flüchtlinge; EU-Politik; Asylrecht; Humanitäre Hilfe; Solidarität; EU-Staaten;

      JEL classification:

      • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
      • F50 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - General
      • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration


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