Visa Requirements, Carrier Sanctions, ‘Safe Third Countries’ and ‘Readmission’: The Development of an Asylum ‘Buffer Zone’ in Europe

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Type
Journal Article

Author
Sarah Collinson

URL
http://ift.tt/1XRCOjB

Volume
21

Issue
1

Pages
76-90

Publication
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

ISSN
0020-2754

Date
1996

Journal Abbr
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

DOI
10.2307/622926

Accessed
2016-03-25 02:58:51

Library Catalog
JSTOR

Abstract
This paper explores the development of a so-called asylum ‘buffer zone’ around the eastern frontiers of the west European region as a result of the Schengen, EU and EFTA member states’ introduction of more restrictive asylum policies during the first half of the 1990s. Restrictive policies in western Europe are forcing central and east European states into a ‘buffer role’, obliging them to absorb asylum-seekers who fail to gain entry into western Europe and/or restrict asylum-seekers’ access to the borders of potential ‘receiving’ states. In addition to examining the mechanisms by which this ‘buffer zone’ is developing and questioning what it might mean for future asylum trends and policies in Europe, the paper considers the wider questions raised by this development in relation to the changing geopolitical landscape of Europe, particularly in relation to the changing political and security relations between western, central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Short Title
Visa Requirements, Carrier Sanctions, ‘Safe Third Countries’ and ‘Readmission’

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