First Advisor

Harry Anastasiou

Term of Graduation

Winter 2018

Date of Publication

Winter 3-13-2018

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Conflict Resolution


Conflict Resolution




Refugees -- European Union countries, Refugees -- Government policy -- European Union countries, European Union countries -- Emigration and immigration



Physical Description

1 online resource (vi, 74 pages)


The purpose of this thesis is to focus on the impact of the influx of refugees on the European Union taking into consideration the challenges, threats and opportunities that arise from this persistent crisis. The examination of the above-mentioned issue presents and analyzed pertinent findings derived from the relevant literature in the field, ranging from diverse case studies, public statistics, data of European Union institutions as well as NGO's, associations and other entities that have addressed issues of human rights and refugee integration in European Union countries. The thesis discloses how this complex matter, referred to as the "current European refugee crisis" gives rise to complex problems and divergent concerns ranging from Islamophobia, terrorist attacks and threats, economic challenges, cultural conflicts, and social clashes. It concludes that there is a need for new perspectives and strategies for better addressing the long and short term causes and challenges of the European refugee crisis.


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