First Advisor

David Kinsella

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science and University Honors


Political Science


Refugees -- Legal status laws etc -- European Union countries, Refugees -- Protection -- International cooperation, Right of asylum -- European Union countries, Refoulement -- European Union countries




This article analyzes the international refugee law regime in order to analyze European Union policies towards asylum seekers in light of the Syrian refugee crisis. By comparing the 1951 Refugee Convention and regional legal instruments such as the European Convention on Human Rights policies such as the Dublin Regulation and border controls are analyzed to determine their legality. These policies on the surface appear to be violating basic principle of International Refugee Law such as non-refoulement, however on closer inspection have legal basis. A trend among States to interpret the law in a way that deters refugees is rampant. With that said, there are cases that have found Human Rights violations.


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