DSpace Repository

“The Externalization of EU Asylum Policy: The Position of African States”

“The Externalization of EU Asylum Policy: The Position of African States”

Show full item record

Title: “The Externalization of EU Asylum Policy: The Position of African States”
Author: Milner, James
Betts, Alexander
Abstract: The paper explores the position of African states in the context of attempts by European states to externalize responsibility for asylum processing and refugee protection to refugees' regions of origin. It argues that the range of approaches developed by European states and their methods of cooperation fundamentally misrepresent the position of African states in the global refugee regime. Drawing upon the example of Tanzania, which has been the focal point for a range of the new initiatives, the paper demonstrates how the existing European approach has failed to adequately recognize many of the constraints on asylum in Africa. It argues that unless European states adapt their methods of cooperation and their implicit assumptions about the African state, there is a risk of undermining rather than enhancing refugee protection in Africa. However, the paper suggests that this is not an inevitable outcome and that an alternative approach is possible that might better address the interests of EU and African states while simultaneously enhancing refugee protection in Africa.
Subject: Refugee and Asylum Policy, Europe, Africa, Tanzania
Type: Working Paper
Rights: http://www.compas.ox.ac.uk/
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/7913
Published: Centre of Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford University
Citation: Alexander Betts and James Milner, “The Externalization of EU Asylum Policy: The Position of African States,” Working Paper No. 36, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, University of Oxford, October 2006.
Date: 2006

Files in this item



This item appears in the following Collection(s)