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The far-right and asylum outcomes: Assessing the impact of far-right politics on asylum decisions in Europe

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Despite decades of efforts to harmonize asylum procedures, large unexplained differences in asylum outcomes persist across European Union member states. Unfortunately, relatively little empirical literature has examined the causes of disparities in asylum recognition rates. In this paper, I suggest that domestic politics impact how asylum claims are adjudicated. I analyze origin-specific asylum recognition rates in 27 European Union member states from 2000-2018. The findings show that right-wing parties in government are associated with lower asylum recognition rates. This effect is strongest for far-right parties. When far-right parties gain legislative seats and cabinet positions, there is a substantive reduction in recognized asylum claims.
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hal-03054082 , version 1 (11-12-2020)

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Meredith Winn. The far-right and asylum outcomes: Assessing the impact of far-right politics on asylum decisions in Europe. European Union Politics, 2020, 22 (1), pp.70 - 93. ⟨10.1177/1465116520977005⟩. ⟨hal-03054082⟩
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