Tradable refugee-admission quotas (TRAQs), the Syrian crisis and the new European agenda on migration Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2015

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 13


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2193-9012


  • The Syrian Civil War gave rise to the largest refugee flight reaching Europe since the Yugoslavian wars in the 1990s. The crisis evidenced the deficiencies of the European Union Asylum Policy, which struggled both to offer solutions to Syrian
    refugees and to efficiently allocate costs across Member States. We draw on
    previous theoretical work to simulate how a system of tradable refugee-admission
    quotas coupled with a matching mechanism assigning refugees to their preferred
    destinations and destinations to their preferred types of refugees would give more
    flexibility to Member States while respecting refugee rights and preferences.


  • Economics


  • immigration policy, eu policy, tradable quotas, refugee resettlement; asylum seekers, international public goods