In spring, when it becomes warmer, drowning refugees in the Mediterranean occupy the media. A solution is demanded. Tony Blair (in 2003) and Otto Schily (in 2004) proposed the creation of European Union reception camps in North African states where refugees may seek asylum. Result: they would not need to come to Europe. A solution, debated with emotion, was born. This work examines the idea of externalised asylum procedures from a legal, a humanitarian, a political and an economic point of view. The analysis finally incorporates the solution into a broader context, namely the growing refugee burden sharing debate within the European Union (EU). Would the externalisation of asylum procedures represent an adequate EU refugee burden sharing system?
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2007. 130 pp., 5 fig.
Contents: The burden sharing debate – History, reasons, and instruments – Externalisation of asylum procedures - reception
camp plans and realizations – The adequacy of EU reception camps - analysis from a legal, a humanitarian, a political and
an economic point of view.