The Evolution of Germany’s Response to The 2015 Syrian Refugee Crisis

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dc.contributor.author Fayad, Maya
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-31T12:51:26Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-31T12:51:26Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-12-19
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/13981
dc.description.abstract The thesis examines the evolution of Germany’s refugee policy in light of the 2015 massive refugee influx. This influx gave rise to a severe crisis, dominating headlines and engendering a raging political debate. Asylum seekers at that time originated mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, escaping war and persecution. Germany’s dynamic role in managing the refugee crisis has gained considerable attention globally. For a short period of time, between late August and mid-November 2015, Germany liberalized its refugee policy by admitting a substantial number of refugees without restrictions. However, beginning September 2015, the country executed a near-reversal on this welcoming policy approach by calling for EU-level quotas on the number of refugees entering Europe as a whole, and a cutback on the number of refugees Germany would admit. In addition to investigating the reasons and underlying motivations for the implementation of an open-door refugee policy and the subsequent policy reversal, this thesis also interprets how the country’s decision to backtrack on the liberal policy rapidly, knowing that plenty of people were still escaping the Syrian civil war, represents a puzzle for the constructivist and realist theories which do not entirely explain this real world example. Accordingly, the thesis investigates the underlying motives for the German government to pursue a liberal refugee policy approach and the reasons behind the quick reversal, by focusing on the changing interests, beliefs, as well as the set of norms that the actors involved in the refugee policy decision-making in Germany were following. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Refugees, Syrian -- Government policy -- Germany en_US
dc.subject Refugees -- Government policy -- Germany en_US
dc.subject Germany -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The Evolution of Germany’s Response to The 2015 Syrian Refugee Crisis en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Fall en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201305594 en_US
dc.author.commembers Salloukh, Bassel
dc.author.commembers Skulte-Ouaiss, Jennifer
dc.author.department Social and Education Sciences en_US
dc.author.advisor Baroudi, Sami
dc.keywords Germany en_US
dc.keywords Refugees en_US
dc.keywords Syrian Refugees en_US
dc.keywords Realism en_US
dc.keywords Constructivism en_US
dc.keywords EU en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Bibliography: leaf 86-98. en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.443
dc.author.email maya.fayad@lau.edu en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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