Over the past few years, Europe has been faced with one of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. This crisis has showcased the European Union biggest fault, as it has struggled to implement their policies, as states decided whether to comply or not comply with the organization’s policies. This study looks to answer the question, what factors influence a state’s level of compliance with EU policy? This study examines compliance in the context of migration. Through the use of a case study, this study combines two analytical frameworks, examining how a state’s classification affects the level of compliance with the Common European Asylum System. This study tests to see whether states can be classified based on their economic strength, political strength, and security risks, and the effect this may have on the state’s compliance. The results of the case study showcase that state classifications can be based off of these sub-indicators, which has an effect on the level of compliance with the CEAS and the EU in general. Through the combination of the frameworks, the case study was able to show that the political and economic factors drive a state’s decision to comply.


Kille, Kent


Political Science


Compliance, migration crisis, Europe

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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