Europe’s Refugee Response Undermines International Norms—and the EU

A refugee child at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, March 7, 2016 (AP photo by Visar Kryeziu).
A refugee child at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, March 7, 2016 (AP photo by Visar Kryeziu).
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The past year has seen the emergence of the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since the end of World War II, with almost 1.3 million asylum-seekers arriving in 2015, mostly on boats from Turkey or North Africa. The vast majority have been Syrians fleeing the devastating collapse of their country, though they have been joined by people from Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and a range of other troubled countries. Those seeking protection have arrived in a divided, disorganized and panicked continent. The inadequacy of Europe’s response has jeopardized not only international refugee norms but, in the recent words of French Prime […]

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