Upon request by the LIBE committee (Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs), this study examines the workings of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), in order to assess the need and potential for new approaches to ensure access to protection for people seeking it in the EU, including joint processing and distribution of asylum seekers. Rather than advocating the addition of further complexity and coercion to the CEAS, the study proposes a focus on front-line reception and streamlined refugee status determination, in order to mitigate the asylum challenges facing Member States, and guarantee the rights of asylum seekers and refugees according to the EU acquis and international legal standards.
The report is co-authored by Professor Elspeth Guild (Centre for European Policy Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen and Queen Mary, University of London); Professor Cathryn Costello (RSC); Madeline Garlick (Radboud University Nijmegen); Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax (Queen Mary, University of London and Refugee Law Initiative, University of London); and Minos Mouzourakis (MSc graduate in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, RSC). Dr Sergio Carrera (Centre for European Policy Studies) also participated in the creation of the report.
Full report now available.