• Commentary 02 Oct 2019

    Fluchtursachen mindern: Was nicht weh tut, ist nicht wirksam

    Die Bundesregierung beruft eine Expertenkommission zu Fluchtursachen – Zeit, auch unangenehme Abwägungen in die öffentliche Debatte zu tragen.…
  • Commentary 02 Oct 2019

    All Quiet on the Brussels Front?

    Is a "new beginning" in migration policy possible for the EU Commission? The answer: not likely.…
  • Commentary 23 Sep 2019

    Es braucht eine schnelle Antwort auf Erdoğans Drohungen

    Die EU-Staaten können verhindern, dass in der Türkei die Stimmung gegen Syrer kippt. Aber sie müssen es jetzt tun. Und sie müssen dringend ihre Erpressbarkeit verringern.…
  • Book chapter 17 Sep 2019

    At the Crossroads: The 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention Today

    An evolutionary interpretation of the Geneva Refugee Convention has limits that are rooted in the text. As a result, some of the most important challenges facing refugee law today will not be solved ‘within’ the Convention.…
  • Commentary 30 Aug 2019

    Flucht nach vorn?

    Bei der Reform ihres Asylsystems hat sich die EU in eine Sackgasse manövriert. Von der Leyen will einen Neubeginn.…
  • Podcast 13 Aug 2018

    The Migration and Refugee Challenge in the European Union

    Joel Sandhu talks to Julian Lehmann about the current situation, failures, and challenges in Europe when it comes to migration and refugees.…
  • Evaluation report 09 Jul 2018

    Corporate Strategic Evaluation on (Forced) Migration

    By Katrin Kinzelbach, Julian Lehmann, Alexander Carius, Lukas Rüttinger, Victoria Rietig
    The arrival of large numbers of refugees and other migrants into Germany and other European Union states has left a mark on German development cooperation. The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany’s lead development implementer, has been commissioned to deliver new programs…
  • Commentary 17 May 2018

    Meisterhafte Ankündigungen

    Kaum hatte Horst Seehofer Mitte März sein neues Büro als Innenminister bezogen, kündigte er bei einem Glas Frischmilch erst einen „Masterplan“ für höhere Abschiebungszahlen an und erklärte dann, „der Islam“ gehöre nicht zu Deutschland. Beides gehört zusammen, denn der Zweiklang fasst nicht nur die…
  • Study 28 Nov 2017

    Reinforcing Border Control: What’s at Stake for Migrants?

    By Julian Lehmann, Thomas Munsch, William Powell
    Migration has become an issue that can decide elections. As a result, the policy of the day is to try to limit the irregular movement of people, a trend of particular prominence in Europe. As such, European governments are increasingly seeking to establish control over routes abroad that see…
  • Study 09 Jan 2017

    What’s After the “Crisis”? Scenarios for EU Refugee Policy Post-2016

    Takeaways from a Transnational European Discussion Growing numbers of asylum seekers have made short-term crisis management the focus of refugee policy in the European Union. How asylum policy might develop in the medium and long term, however, has been largely overlooked. And yet that question…
  • Commentary 20 Sep 2016

    How to Ensure a Global Refugee Response

    Just hours after the United Nations concluded its refugee summit, breaking news on the displaced could hardly be more sobering. A UN aid convoy in Syria was bombed, leaving 12 aid workers dead; Kenya is closings the world's largest refugee camp in Dadaab, pressuring refugees to return to Somalia;…
  • Study 18 Jun 2016

    Excuse Me, What’s the Fastest Way Out of Dublin?

    The Dublin Regulation, which is the cornerstone of the Common European Asylum System, is crumbling. The law, directly applicable in all European Union states, seeks to achieve a system in which asylum seekers submit only one application for asylum in one member state. In May 2016, the EU Commission…
  • Study 16 May 2016

    #Refugeecrisis: Who’s Talking, and About What?

    Why Map Civil Society Actors in EU Refugee Policy? After a decade of relatively steady numbers of asylum applications, there was a significant increase in people seeking asylum in the European Union in 2015. Since then, media outlets and civil society actors have described the situation unfolding…
  • Commentary 13 May 2016

    The Challenges of Building Capacities for Refugee Protection

    By Sarah Deardorff Miller, Julian Lehmann
    UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) frequently seeks to develop protection capacity of refugee-hosting states, for example through creating or adapting national legal frameworks; assistance in registration and status determination; knowledge transfer in government institutions; support of civil society…
  • Commentary 07 Mar 2016

    Auf Wiedersehen, Refugee Law

    The results of the European Union summit on March 7 with Turkey will be decisive for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s proposed “European-Turkish solution” to the refugee crisis. Ahead of the summit, observers expected that the Turkish government would agree to take back asylum seekers from Greece.…
  • Commentary 22 Dec 2015

    Fleeing Into Crisis: Looking Back On the European “Refugee Crisis” of 2015

    In 2015, the number of asylum applications to the European Union reached an all-time high. But numbers alone do not explain why the events of 2015 were commonly referred to as a refugee (or migrant) “crisis.” It is important to contextualize the high number of entries against an EU that is not only…
  • Commentary 21 Dec 2015

    Flucht in die Krise – Ein Rückblick auf die EU-„Flüchtlingskrise“ 2015

    Das Jahr 2015 markiert den vorläufigen Höhepunkt des Trends steigender Asylanträge in der Europäischen Union. Nach Angaben des europäischen Statistikamts ersuchten allein in der ersten Jahreshälfte rund 400000 Menschen internationalen Schutz in der EU; eine Steigerung von etwa 85 Prozent gegenüber…
  • Study 14 Dec 2015

    Can Shaming Promote Human Rights?

    Publicity in Human Rights Foreign Policy Executive Summary NGOs and states alike can publicly criticize repressive governments. Such “shaming” serves to attract attention to actions perceived as wrongful. Shaming seeks to increase the costs for offenders and thus acts as a deterrence mechanism. In…
  • Commentary 02 Nov 2015

    Up the Creek Without the Law: What is at Stake in Refugee Responsibility Sharing?

    Refugee law has an infamous built-in dichotomy. Its powerful non-refoulement principle means refugees shall not be returned to their home countries or to places where they would be at risk of being returned home. Yet, refugee law does not oblige securing safe direct access from a refugee’s country…
  • Book 01 Sep 2015

    Shipwreck: The Failure of European Refugee Policy

    What is wrong with refugee policy in Europe? Ten years ago, European heads of state agreed to create a “Common European Asylum System” establishing minimum standards and harmonizing them across Europe. In many ways, the European Union has been a driver of new and progressive laws. But too often has…
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