Understanding Migration and Asylum in Europe

by Alfred Kellermann


To understand issues of migration and asylum in the EU the following key studies, documents, terms and facts should be known.

  1. European Refugee crisis

The European migrant crisis or refugee crisis is a term given to a period beginning in 2015 characterized by rising numbers of people arriving to the European Union (EU) from across the Mediterranean Sea or overland through South-East Europe.

Immigrants from outside Europe include asylum seekers and economic migrants.

The term “immigrant” is used by the European Commission to describe a person from a non-EU country establishing his or her usual residence in the territory of an EU country for a period that is, or is expected to be, at least twelve months. MORE