Publications in: Migration and Internal Security

The Malta mechanism: a fresh start on migration?

The declaration by France, Germany, Malta and Italy to establish a mechanism for the disembarkation and relocation of rescued asylum seekers signals a departure from the previous policy of closed ports. Yet, it fails to provide momentum to von der Leyen’s “fresh start” on migration explains Lucas Rasche. more

How populist disinformation informs the debate on migration

Despite contrary expectations, the European elections were not marked by an abundance of targeted disinformation, as was the case with the previous US elections and the Brexit referendum. In this policy paper, Paul-Jasper Dittrich and Lucas Rasche argue that we should analyse disinformation beyond the focus on political elections. Using the discussion on the Global Compact for Migration as an example, they show how right-wing populist disinformation seeks to influence the course of politics by gaining the prerogative of interpretation in a “competition of narratives”. more

New Beginnings: EU Migration Policy

Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen promised a ‘fresh start on migration’. That would imply moving EU migration policy out of its sustained crisis mode and breaking the deadlock surrounding the notion of solidarity. First, decision-makers in the EU and the Member States should counter right-wing rhetoric with a narrative focused on the protection of human lives and solidarity. Second, asylum standards should be further harmonised and positive asylum decisions should be mutually recognised. Third, the EU should address the situation in the Mediterranean by cementing the ‘stable mechanism’ for the relocation of rescued asylum-seekers and by establishing a search and rescue operation coordinated by the European Border and Coast Guard. more

The EU needs an alliance for sea rescues

On Monday 23.07. the interior and foreign ministers from 8 EU member states agreed to install a "stable mechanism" for migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Lucas Rasche writes why some member states should take the lead in relocating asylum seekers and what the "Alliance of the Willing", called for by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, could look like. more

Relocation puzzle: Exploring ways out of the solidarity impasse

As the EU’s current legislative cycle is coming to an end, this policy paper analyses the four major proposals put forward to revise the Dublin Regulation. It argues that two points of contention stand in the way of solving the EU’s ‘relocation puzzle’: varying preferences for a permanent or temporary relocation mechanism and contradictory views on the voluntary or mandatory nature of such a mechanism. With no compromise in sight, the paper proposes a Franco-German initiative. more