THE EVOLUTION OF GERMAN ASYLUM POLICY: BALANCING HUMANITARIAN OBLIGATIONS WITH DOMESTIC PRESSURES Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Lyons, Elizabeth
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • This thesis analyzes the modification of asylum policy by the Federal Republic of Germany in the face of mass migration. It argues that the German experience shows that states prioritize protecting state sovereignty over adhering to humanitarian obligations by examining two litmus tests in the history of German asylum policy: first, the response to German Unification and the wars in the former Yugoslavia; and second, the reactions to the Arab Spring and the Syrian Civil War. Through the analysis of discourse and institutional framing, the thesis explores how the German government initially implemented inclusive asylum policies, but then resorted to more restrictive measures when pressured by domestic actors during mass migrations. While there is much evidence for Germany’s historical commitment to international humanitarian treaties, when faced with domestic pressures, including conservative political parties and economic strains, the German government implemented restrictive asylum measures.
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  • Marks, Gary
  • Hooghe, Liesbet
  • Jenkins, Robert
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018
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