The Crisis of European Refugee Law: Lessons from Lake Success

31 Pages Posted: 24 May 2016

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Hemme Battjes

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Evelien Brouwer

VU University Amsterdam

Lieneke Slingenberg

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Thomas Spijkerboer

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Date Written: May 23, 2016

Abstract

In this paper, we address three connected central issues in refugee law. Firstly, who is entitled to protection? Secondly, what should that protection entail – merely allowing the presence of refugees in the territory, or allowing access to the labour market and health and welfare systems? Thirdly, where should refugees receive protection – in the first country in which they arrive after fleeing their home country, or elsewhere? We analyze the current crisis of European refugee law by looking back at the drafting history of the 1951 Refugee Convention. European policy makers can learn from the way in which the drafters partially solved these issues in 1950/1951.

Keywords: Refugee law, asylum law, European asylum law

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Battjes, Hemme and Brouwer, Evelien and Slingenberg, Lieneke and Spijkerboer, Thomas, The Crisis of European Refugee Law: Lessons from Lake Success (May 23, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2783247 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2783247

Hemme Battjes

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Evelien Brouwer

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Lieneke Slingenberg

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

Thomas Spijkerboer (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
+31 20 598 6274 (Phone)

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