Asylum in Tension: Germany and the European Migrant Crisis

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dc.contributor.advisor Hoadley, S en
dc.contributor.author White, Hannah en
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-17T21:30:23Z en
dc.date.issued 2017 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32926 en
dc.description.abstract There is a tension influencing asylum policy in liberal democratic states. Rather than a simple binary tension affecting open or restrictive asylum policy, this tension is complex. The national interests, rights and obligations of states, the role of international norms, and human and moral concerns, as well as the experiences of citizens within liberal democratic states, form an entangled web of influences on the policies and practices governing the entrance and integration of asylum seekers. I explore the scholarly research concerned with the composition and manifestation of this complex tension and then apply the academic literature to the case study of Germany during the recent European migrant crisis. The German case study gives context to the academic literature and provides evidence validating the existence and influence of the identified tension. In demonstrating the existence and consequences of this tension in Germany asylum policy, I also extend previous arguments by noting the changing regional and international context and thus the evolving influence of the tension on not only German but also EU asylum policy. Since the Refugee Convention came into force in 1951, in the ensuing halfcentury the integration of European states into the EU, and the evolution of the international and regional environment have broadened and added complexity to the way asylum policy is considered and implemented. This has occurred alongside the conflation of asylum policy with other policy areas, such as defence and intelligence. The key policy decision in Germany to introduce an open door policy to Syrian asylum seekers in September 2015 is a prominent example illustrating the arguments I make in regard to the existence and increasing influence of the complex tensions shaping asylum policy in Germany, Europe, and other parts of the world. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99264933413202091 en
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dc.title Asylum in Tension: Germany and the European Migrant Crisis en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Politics and International Relations en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.elements-id 626157 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-05-18 en


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