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Evaluation of the Common European Asylum System under Pressure and Recommendations for Further Development (CEASEVAL)

Background and aim of the project: 
Since 2015, migration towards and within Europe has created a ‘stress’ in the EU asylum and migration systems, challenging the adequacy of the legal design of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). This impacted the implementation of both the CEAS and national asylum systems in practice and called its further harmonisation into question. The notion of harmonisation is not a fixed term, but rather incorporates varied meanings and practices. CEASEVAL will carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the CEAS in terms of its framework and practice. It will make an analysis of harmonisation which goes beyond the formal institutional setting and takes into account the complex relations among the actors engaged from the local and the national levels, to the European level, in order to explain the success and the failure of coordinated action between these varied actors.

Research Objectives:
Based on an interdisciplinary and multilevel research approach, CEASEVAL will innovatively:

1. combine multiple disciplines in order to explore different perspectives of the CEAS,
2. develop a new theoretical framework of multilevel governance of the CEAS, which will be empirically tested across several EU Member States and third countries,
3. provide a critical evaluation of the CEAS by identifying and analysing discrepancies in the transposition and incorporation of European standards in the area of asylum in domestic legislation, as well as differences in their implementation, and
4. elaborate new policies by constructing different alternatives of implementing a common European asylum system. On this basis, CEASEVAL will determine which kind of harmonisation (legislative, implementation, etc.) and solidarity is possible and necessary.

Project Duration: 2017-2019

Funding: European Commission (Horizon 2020)

Project Coordination: Technische Universität Chemnitz (TUC)

Project Partners: Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), Université du Luxembourg (UL), Forum Internazionale ed Europeo die Richerche sull ‘Immigrazione Associazione / International and European Forum on Migration Research (FIERI), University of Sussex (UOS), International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Centre for International Information and Documentation in Barcelona (CIDOB), TÁRKI Tarsadalomkutatasi Intezet Zrt / Tarki Social Research Institute (TARKI), Helsingin Yliopisto / University of Helsinki (UH), European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), New Bulgarian University (NBU), Koç University (KU), Elliniko Idryma Europaikis kai Exoterikis Politikis / Hellenic Foundation for European And Foreign Policy (ELIEEP/ELIAMEP), Stichting VU / Free University of Amsterdam (STICHTING)

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Contact: Martin Wagner















ICMPD staff involved:
Martin Wagner
Paul Baumgartner
Albert Kraler
Jimy Perumadan