Thorburn Stern appointed expert in inquiry into legal routes for asylum-seekers

Rebecca Thorburn Stern, associate professor of international law, has been appointed expert by the Swedish Government in an inquiry into legal routes to the EU for asylum-seekers.

The inquiry will analyze the possibilities for legal routes to the EU, for example through the possibility of visas or other types of admission permits for persons intending to seek asylum in the EU. If deemed possible, the inquiry will result in a proposal of a legal framework in accordance with Sweden’s obligations under EU law and other international instruments. The findings of the Inquiry will be presented at the latest 31 December 2017.

Read more about the inquiry here (in Swedish).

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The research milieu Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (L/UMIN) is a collaboration between the faculties of law at Uppsala and Lund universities which aims at promoting and developing migration law in Sweden. The research within the milieu focuses on international as well as national aspects of migration law. PhD Projects as well as postdoc Projects are included, and several senior researchers are linked to the milieu. Seminar series and workshops will be organised, where the exchange of knowledge between researchers and practitioners of migration law is central.

European UnionThe project is co-funded by the European refugee fund.

Read more on the project here.

Downgrading asylum standards as a means for coercing solidarity: the Swedish example

In July 2016 the Swedish parliament is expected to pass a law i.a. limiting the possibility to be granted permanent residence permit and restricting the right to family reunification.

“[W]hat such practices reveal is the dimension of EU solidarity, forged on the basis of narrowly economistic and nationalist grounds which unpacks CEAS inherent tension: security and control versus human rights protection, solidarity amongst Member States versus asylum” LUMIN researcher Eleni Karageorgiou writes in a recent blog post on the EU Migration Law Blog.

Read the full blog post here.

Syrian refugees, solidarity and sharing practices within the EU

An article by LUMIN researcher Eleni Karageorgiou has been published in European Politics and Society. In her article, ‘Solidarity and sharing in the Common European Asylum System: the case of Syrian refugees’, Karageorgiou discusses the way in which the Syrian refugee crisis triggers questions of solidarity and sharing practices within the EU.

The article is published in European Politics and Society 2016, Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 196-214, DOI:10.1080/23745118.2016.1121007.

Read the abstract here.

Symposium on the Refugee Convention in the context of disasters and climate change

From 3-4 May 2016 Lund University will host an invitation-only symposium on the subject of Disasters and Displacement in a Warming World: Current Realities, Legal Perspectives. Opening with a keynote speech by Professor Jane McAdam (UNSW), the symposium will consider the role of the 1951 Refugee Convention in relation to cross-border displacement in the context of disasters and climate change.

The symposium is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

More information about the symposium.