Tradable refugee-admission quotas and EU asylum policy

Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Hillel Rapoport

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The current European Union (EU) asylum policy is widely seen as ineffective and unfair. We propose an EU-wide market for tradable quotas on both refugees and asylum seekers coupled with a matching mechanism linking countries' and migrants' preferences. We show that the proposed system can go a long way towards addressing the shortcomings of the current system. We illustrate this claim using the recent problems regarding relocation faced by the European Relocation from Malta program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-672
Number of pages35
JournalCESifo Economic Studies
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Asylum seekers
  • EU policy
  • Immigration policy
  • International public goods
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Tradable quotas


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