PhD research: Safe with the neighbours? Refugee protection and EU external migration policy in Turkey and Morocco

October 2018 to September 2022
refugee protection
national asylum systems
external migration policy
international law framework
human rights law
Research fields
Law and Political Science

The European Union increasingly looks to outsource its international responsibility to protect refugees to third countries. Its policy space is limited, however, by international refugee and human rights law. This project assesses legal and actual refugee protection in Turkey and Morocco. The research focusses on refugees' 'user's perspective' on fundamental human rights, through field work, as well as a critical evaluation of national protection frameworks against international law minimum standards, including the non-refoulement principle. Also it will be assessed if there exists an internationally shared responsibility to protect towards refugees, and what this could entail. Conclusions will include findings and recommendations for national asylum systems, the EU's external migration policy, and the international law framework.