IEP cooperation project with the Danish Institute for International Studies
Lessons of the refugee crisis — What Europe can expect from Germany’s changing migration policy
The arrival of numerous refugees since autumn 2015 has created severe societal tensions in Germany. Right-wing populists are on the rise, increasingly impacting both the public discussions and the political agenda in Germany. With regards to the federal elections in autumn 2017, this dynamic is expected to exacerbate further.
Germany, with its economic power, its popularity among refugees and its geographic position, plays a key role in European crisis management. Its political decisions and the government’s trust in a European solution for the refugee crisis have a direct impact on neighboring countries and the EU as a whole. Therefore, it is important for Germany’s partners to understand which political actions are to be expected, especially in the run-up to the federal elections in autumn 2017.
Against this background, the IEP and the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) started a project to analyze domestic political processes, to identify and explain the crisis management and political agenda setting of Germany.
The first results were published in a policy brief in November 2016.
Detailed goals of the project:
- Monitoring of security, migration and integration debates
- Identification options of action for the German government in the context of the so called refugee crisis
- Presentation of the results during a conference in Copenhagen in December 2016