Madeline Garlick is a Guest Researcher and PhD candidate at the Centre for Migration Law at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She is an International Migration Initiative (IMI) Fellow with the Open Society Foundations, leading a project on the future of asylum in the European Union with Migration Policy Institute Europe.
She was Head of the Policy and Legal Support Unit in the Bureau for Europe of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and responsible for UNHCR’s liaison to the European Union
institutions from 2004-13. She served as a member of the Secretary-General’s Good Offices negotiating team on Cyprus, from 1999–2004. She worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1996-99 for the Commission for Real Property Claims of Displaced Persons and Refugees and for the Office of the High Representative. She has also worked for "Justice," the British chapter of the International Commission of Jurists, on asylum issues.
She is qualiﬁed as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria, Australia.
Much attention has focused recently on the possibility of the European Union establishing processing centers in North Africa or elsewhere to manage asylum seekers and migrants traveling to Europe, despite the fact no policy proposal is formally on the table. This commentary examines the opportunities and drawbacks of extraterritorial processing, and suggests the need for a well-informed discussion.
With the European Council meeting in late June 2014 to adopt strategic guidelines on asylum and migration policy, amid strains resulting from Syrian refugee migration and other flows, this MPI Europe policy brief identifies challenges and proposes a forward course. The brief recommends increased engagement by Member States in practical cooperation as a way to strengthen implementation and consolidation of existing EU laws and achieve more consistent asylum decision-making.