22 Jan 2016

Rethinking Migration Distribution in the EU: Shall we start with the facts?

Elspeth Guild

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Author: Elspeth Guild

Series: CEPS Essay

Sound policy-making about migration –how to distribute responsibility for asylum seekers, how to deal with the issue of secondary movement (when asylum seekers move from one state to another within the EU) and whether migrants are welcome or not – needs to be based on solid evidence. On 16 November 2015, EUROSTAT published comprehensive statistics on the issue of first-residence permits by member states. This CEPS Essay closely examines these data and reports some surprising findings, some of which vary considerably from the impression promoted by the European media.

Elspeth Guild is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS.