Coercion, Prohibition, and Great Expectations: The Continuing Failure of the Common European Asylum System

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Maarten den Heijer

University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Center for International Law

Jorrit J. Rijpma

Leiden University - Leiden Law School; Leiden University - Europa Institute

Thomas Spijkerboer

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Date Written: March 30, 2016

Abstract

This contribution explains the European asylum policy crisis from three structural weaknesses of the Common European Asylum System: its reliance on coercion within the EU; its unrealistic expectations of what borders can achieve; and the premise of prohibition of refugee movement in its external dimension. The article then critically reviews the proposals that the EU has submitted since the publication of the European migration agenda in May 2015.

Keywords: asylum law, refugee law, European law

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

den Heijer, Maarten and Rijpma, Jorrit J. and Spijkerboer, Thomas, Coercion, Prohibition, and Great Expectations: The Continuing Failure of the Common European Asylum System (March 30, 2016). Common Market Law Review 53(2016), p. 607-642, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2756709

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Jorrit J. Rijpma

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Leiden University - Europa Institute

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Thomas Spijkerboer

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

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