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EU enlargement and the challenge of policy transfer: The case of refugee policy

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Published in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 2002, vol. 28, no. 4, p. 701-721
Abstract This article examines EU enlargement in the area of refugee policies as a process of policy transfer guided by the intergovernmental activities of EU member states with limited involvement of EU institutions. Giving an overview of asylum legislation in the ten Central and Eastern European candidate countries since the early 1990s, this article assesses the relationship between internal and external in ̄ uences in the shaping of asylum policies and re ̄ ects on the scope of convergence in the candidate countries. Starting from the observation of the incomplete and still very much fragmented nature of the EU asylum acquis, it is shown that all candidate countries have adopted its main restrictive elements, regardless of practical difficulties in their implementation and important differences with regard to past and present experiences with refugee flows.
Keywords Asylum policyCentral and Eastern EuropeEU enlargementPolicy transfer
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LAVENEX, Sandra. EU enlargement and the challenge of policy transfer: The case of refugee policy. In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2002, vol. 28, n° 4, p. 701-721. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:77036

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