CEPS Project


Global Asylum Governance and European Union's Role


The ASILE project studies the interactions between emerging international protection systems and the United Nations Global Compact for Refugees (UN GCR), with particular focus on the European Union’s role and contribution. It examines the characteristics of international, country-specific and EU asylum governance instruments and arrangements and their gender and age specific impacts on individuals and sharing of responsibility from the perspective of their effectiveness, fairness and consistency with international and regional human rights and refugee law standards. ASILE ensures a ground-breaking interdisciplinary examination of the role of key policy and implementing actors, and the effects of vulnerability and status recognition assessments over the agency and rights of individuals in search of international protection.

This project pays particular attention and efforts into linking the research findings to relevant policy makers and GCR policy communities, and will put forward evidence-based policy recommendations (Policy Briefs) for future global and EU policies on international protection and asylum governance. One of the main ways through which the ASILE project will appreciate the ‘lessons learned’ and ‘promising practices’ as policy options for European policymakers is through the use of dedicated multi-stakeholder methods taking the shapes of Task Forces. The Task Forces are structured, interactive methods of knowledge exchange with policy makers and key implementing GCR actors. CEPS has more than 40 years’ experience in organising these methods. A key objective of the Task Forces will be to explore promising practices and the feasibility of policy options. They will be a closed-door and participatory in nature bringing together key stakeholders, practitioners, policy makers, representatives of international organizations and CSOs. Strategic Visioning Exercise entails learning from the past, assessing the present opportunities and looking into the future solutions that are both feasible and sustainable.

The ASILE project aims at providing EU policymakers with lessons learned and promising practices from third countries that could be potentially scaled-up at the EU level with a view to reform the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and to develop future asylum policies globally which are effective, fair and human rights-compliant, while facilitating a strategic role for the EU in a multi-actor GCR implementation. As policymakers are often lacking time in the fast-paced decision-making, ASILE will produce the ASILE Global Portal, an online tool hosted on the ASILE project website providing country-specific profiles (reports and other relevant information), in an interactive and easy-to-use manner. This unique tool will provide EU decision-makers (and all interested UN GCR stakeholders) with a unique toolkit offering the most updated information on the current implementation of the GCR.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870787.

Miriam Mir Canet

Project Officer

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Marco Stefan

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Ngo Chun Luk

Sergio Carrera

Senior Research Fellow and Head of Justice and Home Affairs unit

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