Asylum policy is too important to be left to interior ministers
Every epistemic community has its own way of framing issues, and policy-makers are no exception. Interior ministers are particularly susceptible to security frames, as their job is to look out for threats to their home population. The responsibility for policing, prisons, law and order tends to attract politicians who want to make their careers on the right of their party, on themes of control and toughness. How unfortunate it is for the vulnerable people who seek asylum that the politicians usually in charge of protecting them have a tendency to portray them as a threat rather than a moral responsibility under international law.
The pictures of the refugees in the press this summer ... [read more]
Jean Monnet Fellow