Within the general policy field of immigration, the specific policy issue that I would like to analyze is asylum. Asylum is a policy issue within Europe that needs to be addressed further by the European Union. In 2012, there were about 330,000 asylum applicants that were registered in countries within the European Union. Events such as the conflict in Syria or the Arab Spring, creates a major challenge for countries and overstretches their asylum capacities. Those seeking asylum particularly burden member countries that border non-EU member countries. The inconsistency within the European Union is not only burdensome for the member countries but makes the process difficult for those seeking asylum.
At the moment, there is no common asylum policy despite the fact that many European leaders have called on the European Union to develop policies on immigration and asylum so that the process for immigrants and asylum seekers to obtain entry into all European Union member states are harmonized. The European Pact on Immigration and Asylum is really the only significant piece of legislation passed by the European Union on asylum, and it does nothing to accomplish the task. However, a new asylum policy is in the works within the European Union and the Parliament will debate on the new rules already agreed upon by the national governments and Parliament on June 11, with the expectation of approval on June 12. These new rules are intended to harmonize the procedures and basic rights across all countries.
My policy analysis will define the current policy problem of asylum and will evaluate policy options for addressing the issue of harmonizing asylum policy within the EU against certain criteria. This type of analysis will be prescriptive.
Reference for Topic:
Pirjola, Jari. "European Asylum Policy – Inclusions and Exclusions under the Surface of Universal Human Rights Language." European Journal Of Migration & Law 11, no. 4 (October 2009): 347-366. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed June 10, 2013).