Europe’s migration crisis [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski,

The current migration crisis threatens to turn into a humanitarian one, with the build-up of thousands of migrants and refugees close to Greece’s northern border, as other countries shut their borders to stop the flow of people fleeing war and poverty in Syria, North of Africa and elsewhere. The European Council is preparing for a special meeting with Turkey on migration, with the crisis posing significant challenges for the integrity of the Schengen free-travel area.

This note offers links to a series of recent commentaries and studies on migration from major international think tanks and research institutes. More papers on the same topic can be found in a previous edition of ‘What Think Tanks are thinking’, published last December. Recent studies on the Schengen area can be found in another edition of ‘What Think Tanks are thinking’.

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A European Border and Coast Guard: Fit for purpose?
Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2016

Departure from the Schengen Agreement
Bertelsmann Stiftung, February 2016

The EU-Turkey Action Plan is imperfect, but also pragmatic, and maybe even strategic
German Marshall Fund, February 2016

The Germany-Turkey migration corridor: Refitting policies for a transnational age
Migration Policy Institute, February 2016

Journeys to Europe: The role of policy in migrant decision-making
Overseas Development Institute, February 2016

Gulf and EU migration policies after the Arab uprisings: Arab and Turkish youth as a security issue
Istituto Affari Internazionali, February 2016

Flucht und Migration als Herausforderung für Europa
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, February 2016

Refugee crisis: A breakthrough is possible
European Stability Initiative, February 2016

Europe’s refugee/migrant crisis: can ‘illiberal’ Turkey save ‘liberal Europe’ while helping Syrian refugees?
European Policy Centre, February 2016

EU migration crisis: facts, figures and disappointments
Bruegel, February 2016

Irregular migration, trafficking and smuggling of human beings: Policy dilemmas in the EU
Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2016

Getting the balance right: Strengthening asylum reception capacity at national and EU levels
Migration Policy Institute, February 2016

Can mass migration boost innovation and productivity?
Bruegel, February 2016

How the refugee crisis will reshape the EU
Carnegie Europe, February 2016

Why now is the time for a unified response to Europe’s migrant crisis
Rand, February 2016

Migration und Sicherheit in Europas südlicher Nachbarschaft
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, January 2016

Australia’s asylum and migration policy: Lessons to apply to the European refugee crisis
Polish Institute of International Affairs, January 2016

EU-Morocco Cooperation on Readmission, Borders and Protection: A model to follow?
Centre for European Policy Studies, January 2016

Rethinking migration distribution in the EU: Shall we start with the facts?
Centre for European Policy Studies, January 2016

The fallout from the European refugee crisis
Bruegel, January 2016

The EU-Turkey deal on refugees: How to move forward
Polish Institute of International Affairs, January 2016

Turkey as partner of the EU in the refugee crisis: Ankara’s problems and interests
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, January 2016

A critical insight into Europe´s criminalisation of human smuggling
Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, January 2016

Border metrics: How to effectively measure border security and immigration control
Migration Policy Institute, January 2016

Irregular immigration in the European Union
Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies, January 2016

Why and how there should be more Europe in asylum policies
Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung, January 2016

La crisis de los refugiados: la hora de Europa
Real Instituto Elcano, January 2016

Migration and terrorism: The new frontiers for European solidarity
European Union Institute for Security Studies, December 2015

Welcoming engagement: How private sponsorship can strengthen refugee resettlement
Migration Policy Institute, December 2015

The EU’s response to the refugee crisis: Taking stock and setting policy priorities
Centre for European Policy Studies, December 2015

Seeing the bigger picture: The refugee crisis and the link to CFSP
European Policy Centre, November 2015

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