Minimalist Reflections on Europe, Refugees and Law

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It is hard to understand the current developments in European refugee law without the benefit of hindsight. This paper refrains from trying to make a comprehensive analysis, and investi- gates fragments small enough to allow for analysis. We will look at the political and legal processes which turned the influx of a small number of people into the European Union (EU) into a crisis; at tunnel vision of European policy makers; at the legal aspects of the EU’s and NATO’s intervention in the Aegean Sea; and at the processes resulting in the acceptance of mass deaths as a daily routine.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-558
Number of pages26
JournalEuropean papers
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • jurisdiction
  • Art. 216 TFEU
  • Syrians
  • EU-Turkey Agreement
  • refugees
  • border deaths


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