Title
Asylum legislation and asylum applications: a geographical analysis of belgian asylum policy by country of origin (1992-2003) Asylum legislation and asylum applications: a geographical analysis of belgian asylum policy by country of origin (1992-2003)
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Law
Publication type
article
Publication
Geneva ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
International migration. - Geneva, 1963, currens
Volume/pages
48(2010) , p. 129-147
ISSN
0020-7985
1468-2435
ISI
000273310200006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
In many European countries a traditional policy and legal response to an undesirable increase of asylum applications has been the change of asylum law and procedures. By making it more difficult to obtain asylum and refugee status, the attractiveness as a possible country of asylum is believed to diminish. In the period from 1992 to 2003 three major revisions of the Belgian asylum procedure were enacted. When speaking in absolute figures these changes resulted in a certain decrease in the number of asylum applications filed. However, upon a closer examination of the number of asylum applications per country of origin, the effects appeared to be quite differential. Hence, factors other than geographical ones, such as the location of the country of origin or distance, must be decisive for the effect of a change in legislation on the number of asylum claimants coming from one particular country. Nevertheless, it has been possible to distinguish seven clusters of countries of origin where similar developments in patterns of asylum applications and shifts therein, depending on changes in asylum law, can be seen.
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