The populist challenge of common EU policies:the case of (im)migration policy (Slovakia) between 2015 and 2018

Country Report Prepared for the DEMOS Project

July 20, 2020

Author(s): Andrej Školkay, Veronika Vass-Vigh, Viera Žúborová and Igor Daniš

The following report provides an in-depth analysis of the im/migration situation, policies and debates in Slovakia in 2015-2018. First, it offers background information, followed by explaing approaches of the key political parties on immigration topic and description of key arguments and narratives used for or against immigration in the political and public debate.

The second part provides assessment of the governmental position on immigration, together with the information on its evolution.

The third part discusses immigration as a legal issue, including conflicts of policies at the EU and national level.

Finally, it offers key synthesis of findings.

It is based on critical overview of available literature and additional research of legal and policy documents. Unfortunately, it was not possible to follow guidelines that suggested the total size of this contribution at “13-15 pages, single spacing.” The topics or research questions were too complex, background literature was missing or sometimes contradictory or incorrect. Moreover, the German Presidency of the Council of the EU plans to discuss the issue of refugees relocation during its current presidency. Thus, this issue is highly topical and deserves more analytical attention, especially if the aim is to come to sound policy advise.

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