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Wanted Refugees: The Forming of an Instrument Constituency for Refugee Resettlement in the European Union
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8827-000X
Univ Gothenburg, Sch Publ Adm, Gothenburg, Sweden..
2024 (English)In: Refugee Survey Quarterly, ISSN 1020-4067, E-ISSN 1471-695XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The European Union Agency for Asylum has emerged as an important actor in the Common European Asylum System in the past few years. In this article, we explore how the agency engages in capacity-building by looking at the development of bureaucratic instruments. We deploy the theoretical framework of instrument constituencies to investigate the agency's development of instruments around resettlement. In relation to the literature on European migration management, deploying the theoretical framework of instrument constituencies is a novel approach. Given the European Union's limited mandate to directly influence Member States resettlement programmes, we argue that the development of bureaucratic instruments is one of the few avenues through which the European Union can facilitate resettlement. This study reveals how the proliferation in the use of these instruments by Member State authorities is driven by a political ambition to create a more orderly form of migration and is contrasted with the seemingly uncontrollable nature of asylum. Beyond being a direct solution to a practical problem, the policy instruments studied here reveal how new bureaucratic practices around resettlement are gradually being established. We show how resettlement is continuously evolving in the intersection between Member States and the European Union in the governing of migration.

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Oxford University Press, 2024.
Keywords [en]
EUAA, migration bureaucracy, resettlement, CEAS, instrument constituencies
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-66858DOI: 10.1093/rsq/hdae006ISI: 001195917800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-66858DiVA, id: diva2:1853587
Available from: 2024-04-23 Created: 2024-04-23 Last updated: 2024-06-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Under the hood of the European Union Agency for Asylum: A study of bureaucratic structures, institutional arrangements and frontline caseworkers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Under the hood of the European Union Agency for Asylum: A study of bureaucratic structures, institutional arrangements and frontline caseworkers
2024 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Those who study the Common European Asylum System are faced with a puzzling paradox. On the one hand, the system constitutes one of the most comprehensive and judicious protection regimes that the world has ever seen. On the other hand, there is a policy of deterrence in which asylum seekers are actively hindered from enjoying these rights. Living conditions for asylum seekers at the external borders have long been abhorrent, and many consider procedural safeguards in the asylum process inadequate. This study takes an in-depth look at what it is like to work at the forefront of this system by analysing the bureaucratic structures of the European Union Agency for Asylum. It is shown that the discrepancy between officially articulated values and actual practice has significant negative impact on the morale of caseworkers, and that they need to develop strategies to deal with the ethical dilemmas that arise from these discrepancies. The study also sheds light on the process through which the agency creates bureaucratic instruments, in spite of the considerable political turmoil that characterises the migration field. By interviewing caseworkers, analysing bureaucratic instruments, and reviewing the legislative framework, this thesis is both an empirical and theoretical contribution to the study of the Common European Asylum System and the European Union Agency for Asylum.

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Malmö: Malmö University Press, 2024. p. 103
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Malmö Studies in International Migration and Ethnic Relations, ISSN 1652-3997, E-ISSN 2004-9285
Keywords
EUAA, CEAS, asylum, refugees, European Union, caseworkers
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-69280 (URN)10.24834/isbn.9789178774364 (DOI)978-91-7877-435-7 (ISBN)978-91-7877-436-4 (ISBN)
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2024-06-14, NI:C0E11, Norra Neptunigatan 1, 211 18, Malmö, 10:31 (English)
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