Date of Graduation

Fall 2018


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

Andrei Shoumikhin


refugee, migrant, lawful permanent resident, asylum, asylum seeker

Subject Categories

Other International and Area Studies


The year 2015 marked a colossal change in how the world views immigration. The migration crisis of Europe and the emergence of President Donald Trump continue to have lasting impacts. Major political, demographic, and social conflicts are playing out in the U.S. and Europe over migration. In the U.S., President Trump has been able to enact anti-immigration sentiment into policy. Contrary to that, in Europe, the 28 member states of the European Union have failed to come up with a clear, unifying plan to deal with the migration crisis. The consequences of migration will be harsher and less manageable in Europe than in the United States for a number of reasons. How Europe handles the migration issue along with other issues will have an impact on the United States and its security alliance. In addition, how the United States and Europe handle foreign policy issues will depend greatly on cooperation and support from one another as both face internal challenges. This paper demonstrates how immigration affects national security, public perceptions, and policies within the European Union and the United States.


© Daniel A. Brady

Open Access