EU Refugee Policies and Politics in Times of Crisis: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

20 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2017

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Arne Niemann

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Natascha Zaun

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

In 2015/16, Europe faced the largest inflow of refugees since World War II. This inflow highlighted systemic deficiencies in EU asylum co‐operation which provoked a state of crisis. Together with the Eurozone crisis, this crisis has the potential to seriously damage the overall project of EU integration. The goal of this Special Issue is to provide a first systematic assessment of the crisis, applying and further developing key theoretical approaches to the sequence of events. In empirical terms, we advance original empirical evidence in order to deepen our understanding of the crisis and how it has been managed. In theoretical terms, we seek to (re)assess the usefulness and limitations of some important theoretical perspectives to European integration at a critical juncture of the EU's history. After presenting the sequence of events and assessing the EU's crisis response, the introduction will summarize our main findings and present avenues for further research.

Keywords: crisis, refugees, EU policy‐making, European integration, Common European Asylum System

Suggested Citation

Niemann, Arne and Zaun, Natascha, EU Refugee Policies and Politics in Times of Crisis: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives (January 2018). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 3-22, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3094096 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12650

Arne Niemann (Contact Author)

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz ( email )

Saarstrasse 21
Mainz, D-55099
Germany

Natascha Zaun

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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