Europe's commitments and failures in the refugee crisis
Title: Europe's commitments and failures in the refugee crisis
Author: BAUBÖCK, Rainer
Citation: European political science, 2018, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 140–150
ISSN: 1680-4333; 1682-0983
Liberal democratic states have three kinds of duties towards migrants and refugees. First, they should enhance their own citizens opportunities of free movement through entering reciprocity-based agreements with other states that are sufficiently similar or with whom they share a political union. Second, they should admit economic migrants if there are expected benefits for the receiving country, the sending country and the migrants themselves. Third, they have to allow for family reunification and to contribute to refugees protection because of their commitments to universal human rights. States can contribute to the latter goal by taking in refugees or by supporting other states that do so. In the international state system, a fair distribution of both types of burdens among all states cannot be secured. In the European Union, however, the principle of sincere cooperation and the need for coordination of refugee flows in the Schengen area of internally open borders combine a normative commitment with self-interests of states to overcome this prisoners’ dilemma. All the more tragic is the blocking of European solutions by unwilling member states who are ready to sacrifice European integration because they are not ready to accept their duties towards refugees.
First Online: 18 July 2017; This is a pre-peer-review version of an article published in European political science. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available via the DOI link resolver in this record.
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