The Asylum Acquis Handbook is a unique and comprehensive tool for those who have an interest in contributing to a sound, common European asylum policy. Asylum has always been an intensively debated topic and the general consensus is that the European Union should strive for a common asylum policy. Yet basic information is lacking.
The Asylum Acquis Handbook seeks to fill this gap by describing and providing a foundation for a common European Asylum policy and serves as an important reference book with in-depth information on asylum-related topics. It includes an overview of the Acquis; the texts of the various relevant instruments; value-free commentaries; informative contributions, especially written for this Handbook by leading experts, as well as additional information and sources.
The Asylum Acquis Handbook will become an important source for policy makers, the executive, the media, students and all others concerned with the issue of asylum. Especially noteworthy is the Preface with relevant parts of a thought-provoking keynote address, delivered by António Vitorino, EU Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs, at the 4th Metropolis Conference, Washington DC, in December 1999.
Dr Van Krieken is actively involved in European asylum policy issues under CIREA, Phare assessment missions and related Twinning, Odysseus and Horizontal Programmes.