The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration is based on an initiative of the Stiftung Mercator and the VolkswagenStiftung. The initiative includes seven member foundations. In addition to the Stiftung Mercator and the VolkswagenStiftung, the member foundations are: Bertelsmann Stiftung, Freudenberg Foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stifterverband and Vodafone Foundation Germany.
The European Asylum Crisis: Towards Collective Reception and Fair Quotas
To The Point | May 2015
Currently, more refugees than ever before are dying on their way to safe European ports. At the same time, the ever-increasing number of asylum applications necessitates joint European action to relieve pressure from the heavily affected asylum systems in some member states. As a response, refugees from crisis-torn countries whose citizens are frequently granted refugee status could be admitted directly from third countries through collective processing. This includes asylum-seekers from Syria, Eritrea and Somalia. However, in order to ensure a fair allocation of asylum-seekers, the EU would first have to agree on a proportional quota system. The SVR Research Unit proposes a multi-factor model which is capable of calculating a fair reception quota for every member state based on its economic strength, population, size of territory and unemployment data. To demonstrate the country-specific impact of the proposed allocation, this SVR Research Unit’s To The Point applies the model to a hypothetical European contingent of 10,000 refugees in order to calculate fair reception quotas for each member state.