Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/33335
Authors: 
Hatton, Timothy J.
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 1721
Abstract: 
Policy towards asylum seekers has been a controversial topic for more than a decade. Rising numbers of asylum applications have been met with ever-tougher policies to deter them. Following a period of policy harmonisation, the EU has reached a crucial stage in the development of a new Common European Asylum System. This paper seeks to shed light on what form this should take. It summarizes the development of policy to date and it argues that these policies have been too tough, even from the point of view of EU citizens. Using an economic framework, it examines scenarios with different degrees of policy harmonisation and integration among EU countries. Finally, it argues that there is an important role for enhanced burden-sharing arrangements.
Subjects: 
asylum
refugees
migration
policy cooperation
JEL: 
F22
H41
H77
H87
J61
K42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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