EPRS Strategy By / September 7, 2015

Migration [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski The European Union is facing a migration crisis as hundreds of thousands of refugees try to…

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Written by Marcin Grajewski
Clandestine boat (immigration)
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The European Union is facing a migration crisis as hundreds of thousands of refugees try to reach Europe, fleeing war, oppression and poverty in Syria and other parts of the Middle East as well as Africa and Asia.

The unprecedented scale of migration and a rising death toll of people during their journeys is forcing EU governments and institutions to respond. The Luxembourg presidency of the Council has convened justice and home affairs ministers for an emergency Council meeting on 14 September to discuss the EU response to migratory pressures and demands for international protection. Effective handling of migration is a priority for the European Commission, at a time when the Dublin Regulation governing the EU’s approach to asylum is under severe pressure.

This note offers links to a series of recent commentaries and studies on migration in the EU from major international think tanks and research institutes. More papers on the same topic can be found in a previous edition of ‘What think tanks are thinking’ published in April.


What Europe’s refugee influx means for EU foreign policy
Carnegie Europe, August 2015

Storming the castle: Calais, or the failure of the EU’s migration policies
Centre for European Reform (CER), August 2015

Solidarity and asylum seekers: Member states agreed to disagree
European Policy Centre (EPC), June 2015

The EU’s migrant strategy: A welcome new impetus
European Policy Centre (EPC), June 2015

The European Agenda on Migration, or, the timid beginning of a genuine common European migration policy
Egmont, May 2015

Europe’s asylum seekers and the global refugee challenge
Brookings Institution, April 2015

The changing face of migration flows
Institut français des relations internationales, April 2015

Mediterranean migration tragedy points to long-term challenges
German Marshall Fund of the United States, April 2015


Flüchtlingsdrama an Europas Grenzen
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, August 2015

Tragedies in the Mediterranean: Analyzing the causes and addressing the solutions from the roots to the boats
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, July 2015

European Migration Agenda: Quo Vadis
Foundation for European Progressive Studies, July 2015

Changing migration patterns in the Mediterranean region
Istituto Affari Internazionali, June 2015

The impact of immigration policies on French firms
Institut français des relations internationales, June 2015

Beyond asylum: Rethinking protection policies to meet sharply escalating needs
Migration Policy Institute, June 2015

EU Naval Force EUNAVFOR MED sets sail in troubled waters
Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), June 2015

The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean: How to fix the EU’s failed approach to irregular migration?
Heinrich Böll Stiftung, June 2015

Into the mainstream: Rethinking public services for diverse and mobile populations
Migration Policy Institute, June 2015

Fear of migration: Is the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood Policy fading away?
Finnish Institute for International Affairs, June 2015

The EU Blue Card – Is there a need for a more comprehensive approach?
Institute for European Studies, June 2015

Migration and civil society as development drivers
Centre for European Integration Studies, June 2015

The European asylum crisis: Towards collective reception and fair quotas
The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration, May 30

The external dimension of EU asylum policy: taking speed or fading away?
Fondazione ISMU – Iniziative e Studi sulla Multietnicità, May 2015

Die Arbeitsintegration von Flüchtlingen in Deutschland: Humanität, Effektivität, Selbstbestimmung
Bertelsmann Stiftung, May 2015

Migrations through and from Libya: A Mediterranean challenge
Istituto Affari Internazionali, May 2015

European Muslims: Caught between local integration challenges and global terrorism discourses
Istituto Affari Internazionali, May 2015

From dependence to self-reliance: Changing the paradigm in protracted refugee situations
Migration Policy Institute, May 2015

From refugee to migrant? Labor mobility’s protection potential
Migration Policy Institute, May 2015

Before the boat: Understanding the migrant journey
Migration Policy Institute, May 2015

Continuity and change in youth migration patterns from the Mediterranean
Istituto Affari Internazionali, April 2015

Europe’s migration crisis
Council on Foreign Relations, April 2015

Assessing the integration of vulnerable migrant groups in ten EU Member States
Centre for the Study of Democracy, April 2015

The European agenda for migration: A new narrative for an old tale?
Hellenic Foundation for European Foreign Policy, April 2015

Migrants ‘r’ us: recommendations for a sound European migration policy
Polish Institute of International Affairs, April 2015

Creating a common European future: integration of young migrants in Europe
European Policy Centre (EPC), April 2015

Emergenza Mediterraneo e migrazioni; come può rispondere l’Europa?
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, April 2015

Fair verfahren: Analysen und Vorschläge für eine gerechte Flüchtlingspolitik
ProAsyl, January 2015

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