This commentary reviews the literature on European integration in the asylum policy area and offers a roadmap for future research. Whereas early studies explain integration through a state-centred approach, recent studies rely on the theory of institutionalism to address the circular causality in the European process. The Council has so far been at the heart of decision-making in this policy area. However, there are still important dimensions of the Council´s dynamics unexplored in the literature. Therefore, this commentary proposes a research agenda to better understand not only the member states’ negotiation behaviour, policy preferences and positions in the Council; but also the interplay between the EU institutions and its impact on the European integration.
European integration, asylum policy, literature review
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