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The Asylum Situation in the EU: Disentangling Complexities of a Politically Salient Topic

woensdag 25 september 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP Den Haag


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About the lecture

In 2015, the European Union experienced an unprecedented migration influx and many of the people, who arrived, applied for international protection. This placed migration and asylum on the top of the public and political agendas in the EU and many of its Member States, provoking the perception of a migration crisis. In 2018, the number of asylum applications in Europe dropped to almost the level of 2014 but migration continues to attract extensive political attention and the burden on national asylum systems, for example in terms of pending cases, remains considerable. Beyond mere numbers, the population of asylum applicants diversified, the importance of different entry routes to the EU changed and recognition rates declined. The asylum situation in Europe remains a complex phenomenon. EASO’s analytical work helps policy makers and practitioners on the European and national levels to monitor and understand better patterns and trends. It does so by combining high quality timely data with analytical explanations and larger-scale research projects within an early warning and preparedness framework. This lecture will discuss EU asylum policy and EASO’s role in the context overall and in particular in relation to research and analysis. It will also review the latest situation of international protection in comparison with the past few years, highlight complexities hidden behind the numbers and provide interpretations.

About the speaker

Petya Alexandrova is Analyst in the European Asylum Support Office. Her work revolves around analyses of trends and patterns in asylum related migration in the European Union. Previously she was Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Oxford, Postdoctoral Fellow at Leibniz University Hannover and visiting lecturer at Jacobs University Bremen. In 2015 and 2017, she undertook two research projects for the European Parliamentary Research Service. Petya is the Coordinator of the EU Policy Agendas Project and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of European Public Policy. Her academic work on EU policy making, with a focus on agenda setting, has appeared in Journal of Public Policy, European Journal of Political Research, Policy Studies Journal and West European Politics, among others. She received her PhD in 2014 at the University of Leiden.

About the seminars

The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.


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