The Refugee crisis in a Danish and European Union persective

Josefine Eva Lilly Pallesen, Amanda Berglund, Alexander Rastén, Bruno Amakari, Emil Grarup & Catalina Surugiu

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The number of refugees entering the EU has exploded during the summer of 2015, and this has put the EU and its member states under great pressure as existing asylum systems failed to meet the requirements. Denmark, a known eurosceptic nation, decided in relation to the refugee crisis to accept 1,000 refugees that were to be redistributed through a common EU relocation scheme, yet later Denmark decided to withdraw the offer. This project seeks to answer the following research question: How is Denmark’s policy-making related to the European ‘refugee crisis’ formed in the encounter between domestic and EU level agendas? The project first examines the development of the crisis in the EU, looking at external factors such as refugee influx, in relation the responses of member states and EU institutions. Secondly, we delve into the relationship between Danish and EU political arenas in order to estimate the influence of the EU on Danish decision-making, which in the context of this paper is considered the dependent variable. This analysis will take place within a theoretical framework combining the theory of Europeanization and Two Level Game theory. We conclude that while there is no clear sign of Europeanization concepts of upload and download, TLG theory offers valuable insights in the interplay of EU pressures onto Danish policies. The Danish PM plays a ‘Two-Level Game’ in order to balance domestic and EU interests, and it is likely that the EU has an influence on Danish policies in spite of the nation’s opt-outs.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 dec. 2015