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At the forefront of research on migration in Europe

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Published on Thursday, 29 June 2017

Associate Prof. Birte Nienaber and Dr Lucas Oesch from the Faculty of Humanities were awarded the Horizon 2020 research project CEASEVAL. The project aims at reassessing the European Asylum system.

Since 1999, the EU has been working to establish a Common European Asylum System (CEAS) to harmonise asylum procedure in the EU and determine a common status for people who have been granted protection by the EU. However, since the so-called “migration crisis” in 2015, the European migration and asylum policies have been severely challenged and the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) has revealed its shortcomings.

The Horizon 2020 project CEASEVAL will assess the current EU asylum system and develop recommendations for possible reforms. Following a multi-level governance framework, the project will not only analyse asylum procedures on an EU level but also include local and national practices in order to understand the strengths and limits of the current system. The resulting report will determine what kind of harmonisation - legislation and implementation - is possible and necessary.

“We are honoured to be part of this project, which involves 14 partners across Europe and beyond. We favour an interdisciplinary research approach, as comprehensive reforms should address laws and policies while taking into account political, social and geographical contexts. This project gives us the opportunity to showcase that the University of Luxembourg and the Faculty of Humanities are on the forefront of excellent research on migration in Europe”, says Associate Prof Nienaber, who is part of CEASEVAL research consortium, together with her colleague Dr Oesch.

Moreover, Associate Prof Nienaber and Dr Oesch will participate in the research network H2020 CROSS-MIGRATION that will conduct cross-national research comparison and action on migration in Europe.

These two projects illustrate the strengths of the Faculty in migration research and its contribution to a better understanding of recent developments of migration in Luxembourg and Europe.