The price of solidarity: distributing the responsibilities for people in need of international protection within the EU and between the EU and third countries

The Price of Solidarity: Sharing the Responsibility for Persons in Need of International Protection within the EU and between the EU and Third Countries 

Abstract: The purpose of this project is to analyze the distribution of responsibilities relating to international protection within the EU and between EU Member States and third countries. The project includes an empirical and a theoretical part. In the empirical part the aim is to conduct a survey of the existing solidarity mechanisms in the context of the Common European Asylum System, and their distributive effects amongst states. Such mechanisms include the reception of independently incoming asylum seekers, Dublin transfers, reception of resettled refugees, financial contributions through the European Refugee Fund as well as contributions to international organizations like UNHCR and IOM. In the theoretical part, the project will develop the theory and method to understand the concepts of “solidarity” and “fairness” as stipulated in Article 80 TFEU so that existing and future reform of responsibility sharing schemes can be subject to informed scientific analysis. 

Doctoral candidate: Eleni Karageorgiou. Department of Law, Lund University. Supervisor: Gregor Noll.

Related publications:

  •  ‘The distribution of asylum responsibilities in the EU: Dublin, partnerships with third countries and the question of solidarity’, Nordic Journal of International Law, (2019) 88(3) 315-358                                                                                               2019
  • ‘Rethinking solidarity in European asylum law – A critical reading of the key concept in contemporary refugee policy’, PhD Thesis, Lund: Lund University, Media-Tryck                                                                                                                                                                                              2018
  • Putting Asylum to the ‘European Refugee Crisis’ Test: Sub-Regional Realities and Legal Challengesco-authored with V Stoyanova in V Stoyanova and E Karageorgiou (Eds), The New Asylum and Transit Countries in Europe During and in the Aftermath of the 2015/2016 Crisis, Brill                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2018
  • “The Law and Practice of Solidarity in the Common European Asylum System: Article 80 TFEU and its Added Value” European Policy Analysis, 2016: 14epa, Swedish Institute for European Policy                                 2016
  • Downgrading asylum protection standards to coerce solidarity: Sweden as a case in point” eumigrationlawblog.eu                                                                                                                                              2016
  • Solidarity in European asylum policies: response to a problem or part of it?” openDemocracy                                                                                                                                                            2016
  • ‘Solidarity and sharing in the Common European Asylum System: The case of Syrian refugees’, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, (2016) 17(2) 196-214                                                                                                                                 2016