The Orbanisation of EU asylum law: the latest EU asylum proposals

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Publication Date 06/05/2016
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There have been a number of EU proposals to deal with the perceived ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe over 2015 and 2016. The latest batch, issued on the 4 May 2016, are perhaps the most significant to date. They concern three related issues: visas (notably a short-term Schengen visa waiver for Turkish nationals); Schengen (partly suspending the open borders rules for six months); and asylum (changing the Dublin system on responsibility for asylum seekers, and creating a new EU asylum agency). Further proposals on legal migration and other EU asylum laws are coming in the months ahead.

Essentially, these proposals amount to the ‘Orbanisation’ of EU asylum law. They copy and entrench across the EU the key elements of the Hungarian government’s policy, which was initially criticised: refusing essentially all asylum-seekers at the external border and treating them as harshly as possible so as to maintain the Schengen open borders system.

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ESO: Information Guide: European Migration Challenges
ESO: Background information: European Commission opens way for decision by June on visa-free travel for citizens of Turkey
ESO: Towards a sustainable and fair Common European Asylum System
ESO: Background information: Back to Schengen: Commission takes next steps towards lifting of temporary internal border controls
Statewatch: Statewatch Analysis: The Orbanisation of EU asylum law: the latest EU asylum proposals

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