Rethinking Asylum Policies in the EU lessons from the Syrian refugee Crisis

Eralp, Yakup Atila
Yıldız, Ayselin Gözde
The Syrian refugee crisis at the doorstep of the EU once more demonstrated the inadequacies of the EU member states as regards their commitments to asylum and international protection. While little progress has been achieved in terms of EU’s aims to have a Common European Asylum System, it is observed that EU is more likely externalising its asylum practices towards non-member third countries in a securitized context which creates more challenges across a broad region including the EU’s immediate neighbourhood. Externalisation that occurs in the form of mainly shifting and keeping asylum applications out of Europe creates significant negative externalities on non-member neighbouring countries that are left alone to host many asylum seekers and undertake the huge economic and social burden. Accordingly, the paper argues the EU’s common practice of externalisation of asylum practices with reference to the case of the Syrian refugee crisis.
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Y. A. Eralp and A. G. Yıldız, “Rethinking Asylum Policies in the EU lessons from the Syrian refugee Crisis,” BOSTON, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri, 2015, p. 1, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: