Matthias Lücke is a senior researcher and member of the management board at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, an adjunct professor at Kiel University, and a former senior economist at the International Monetary Fund. He studied economics at Cologne, London (LSE), and Gießen. His research and teaching focus on migration, development, international trade policy, and European integration.
He has consulted widely for national governments and international organizations.
- Migration and development
- EU asylum system
- Economic effects of immigration
Most of the world’s displaced people do not live in Europe. World Refugee Day reminds us that the EU and its member states can do more to manage migration to Europe effectively and humanely and to assist refugees in low-and-middle-income host countries.
A mandatory re-distribution of asylum seekers will not help Europe’s countries of first arrival. The EU has to provide financial and technical Support, writes Matthias Lücke.
The challenges in asylum and migration policy require a comprehensive approach with broad support by all EU member states. In our assessment report we propose a strategy based on the concept of ‘flexible solidarity’.
EU countries should not be forced to accept refugees. Nevertheless, every country has to contribute–by sending specialized staff to member states on the external borders, by providing jobs or financing.
Addressing the European asylum policy in the context of the German federal election, MEDAM researcher Matthias Lücke’s argues the case for flexible solidarity. In his CASE blog contribution he recommends that the European Commission and Member States put the concept center-stage to develop a comprehensive refugee policy and asylum system.
International migration has effectively entered the G20 agenda only two years ago. The 2015 Antalya Communiqué describes the “ongoing refugee crisis” as a global concern and calls for burden-sharing among states and more support for refugees. In his article MEDAM researcher Matthias Lücke looks at the outcomes of the G20 summit in Hamburg.
How can the responsibility for refugees be distributed more fairly – globally and within the EU? And how can we curb irregular migration while expanding legal immigration to the benefit of all concerned? These and other questions are addressed in the first MEDAM assessment report.
With many refugee situations being protracted, humanitarian assistance that mainly provides refugees with food, shelter and minimal public services is not sufficient. MEDAM researchers call on G20 leaders to extend more predictable and substantial support to low-and-middle-income countries that host refugees.