The issue of migration and the development of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) are key issues of interest in the European Union, especially since the outbreak of the refugee crisis in 2015. The European Union has embarked on a process of reforming its migration policy through the 2015 European Agenda on Migration and revising the CEAS, which, failed to adequately respond to the ‘stress’ of the refugee crisis has brought to the fore the vulnerabilities and inadequacies of the System rendering, therefore, imperative the need for its revision.

The CEASEVAL project seeks to explore the current system and trace the harmonization process across the Member States as well as to evaluate its successful and/or unsuccessful implementation. The main goal of the research project is to submit policy recommendations for the revision of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

The major question guiding CEASEVAL is whether the failure of the existing measures reflects the existence of a deeper crisis of ‘solidarity’ or whether the proposed measures, such as relocation and the creation of hotspots, are the most suitable tools for the nourishing, forging and organization of solidarity feelings and practices.

To reach the research objectives and answer the main research question, the methodological strategy that is adopted includes the conduct of both qualitative and quantitative research; focusing on process-tracing, network analysis, media analysis, and interviewing.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and Innovation program (Grant agreement No 770037).

Project Coordinator: Chemnitz University of Technology (Technische Universität Chemnitz) – Germany

Total number of project partners: 14

ΕLIAMEP’s Research Team: Dr. Angeliki Dimitriadi (Principal Researcher), Antonia-Maria Sarantaki (Research assistant)

Contact: Dr. Angeliki Dimitriadi (angeliki@eliamep.gr)

More information will soon be available through the projects’ webpage.