Fortress Europe from a Youth Perspective

Photo Exhibition

The team behind this project:

Elias Vartio
Enja Sæthren
James Kilcourse
Theodora Matziropoulou

What is lost when youth are left to roam without a citizenship and a right to residence in Europe?

The Dublin Convention was signed in Dublin in 1990 and entered into force in 1997. Since then it has been replaced by the Dublin Regulation (2003), which aims to assign responsibility for each asylum claim in Europe to a single European state. The responsible state is usually the country through which the asylum-seeker first entered Europe and the Dublin Regulation provides for the transfer of asylum-seekers to that state.

Since it has entered into force, the Dublin Regulation has been subject to criticism for its unfair treatment of asylum-seekers. The European Court of Human Rights, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Council of Europe and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles are among the organisations that have criticised the system.

The problems associated with the Dublin Regulation cut right to the heart of core European values such as solidarity, human rights and human dignity. The lack of solidarity across Member States, which fail to share responsibilities in a balanced or equitable way, and between citizens and non-citizens of the EU, is perhaps the most serious problem in the EU’s asylum policy. This project, initiated by Elias Vartio, Enja Sæthren, James Kilcourse and Theodora Matziropoulou, seeks to assess the impact of the Dublin Regulation on young asylum-seekers and examine if the system could be changed to better meet the needs of young asylum-seekers in Europe. The project featured a research paper and a photo exhibition in Oslo.