European Refugee Policy – Pathways to Fairer Burden Sharing (April 2013 – November 2013)

The number of people seeking asylum in the European Union is on the rise – and refugees continue to be confronted with widely diverging standards in the individual member states, be it in terms of reception conditions or the asylum procedure itself. Furthermore, the EU is still far from having a common practice for asylum decisions and thus a uniform protection level. So far, no EU-wide mechanism exists to ensure a more even distribution of asylum seekers.

The objective of this joint research project by SVR’s Research Unit and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) was to develop a multi-factor model which is capable of calculating fair refugee reception quotas for every member state based on its economic strength, population, size of territory and unemployment rate.

The project was funded by the Stiftung Mercator. The final results were published in November 2013.


Policy Brief

European Refugee Policy: Pathways to Fairer Burden-Sharing

To the Point

The European Asylum Crisis: Towards Collective Reception and Fair Quotas