Mass Influxes and Protection in Europe: A Reflection on a Temporary Episode of an Enduring Problem

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Koo, J (2018). Mass Influxes and Protection in Europe: A Reflection on a Temporary Episode of an Enduring Problem. European Journal of Migration and Law. 20 (2), pp. 157-181. https://doi.org/10.1163/15718166-12340027
AuthorsKoo, J
Abstract

This article assesses Temporary Protection (TP) in Europe in response to refugee crises. In 2001 the European Union (EU) adopted a Directive for TP to provide a regional response to a mass influx. It was considered that TP offered a double-win: addressing protection needs of asylum seekers, while enabling states to maintain control based on the understanding that asylum seekers would return home after a short period of stay. The Directive has been endorsed in UNHCR Guidelines on ‘Temporary Protection or Stay Arrangements’ (2014). Notwithstanding, the analysis in this article indicates that TP was a strategy that failed: it did not give states control nor promote solidarity between them. Failure explains its absence in the responses to the 2015–16 crisis. However, national forms of TP have re-emerged signalling efforts to re-assert control in the face of an enduring problem.

Keywords1801 Law; Law
Year2018
JournalEuropean Journal of Migration and Law
Journal citation20 (2), pp. 157-181
ISSN1388-364X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/15718166-12340027
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Accepted30 May 2018
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