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Migration and the EU

Each European state used to develop its own policies for managing international migration in isolation. This was due to the differences in migration flows, social conditions, and the political environment. Since the 1980s, however, the EU has placed migration and asylum policy within its own integration efforts. Cooperation is already well-developed in the areas of border control, asylum systems and permanent residence permits. Recent years have been characterised by efforts to develop a common system of labour migration management, to deal with irregular migration and to cooperate with third countries in promoting migration and development. Our “Migration and EU” theme critically analyses the extent to which these goals are feasible, whether they are really shared by Member states, and whether European immigration and asylum policies can finally be unified.

The section was created within the project Bringing Awareness of Development Issues into Regions with the support of the European Commission.

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Interview with Dr. Martin Ruhs

22. 5. 07
Dr. Martin Ruhs is a Senior Labour Market Economist at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford.
Migration and the EUinterviews

The ability of "world city" theory to explain contemporary patterns and processes of intra-European labour migration

22. 5. 07
This paper has one main aim, namely to examine the ability of ‘world city’ theory to account for contemporary patterns of intra-European labour migration. The world city approach has, over the past two decades, proved to be one of the most robust and reliable frameworks through which to understand international migration. However, like all theories it has limitations. The geographical, political a...
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The Lisbon Agenda and 'Neoliberal Communitarian' Citizenship

16. 3. 07

This article analyses the European Union’s Lisbon Agenda and its relation to changing conceptions of European citizenship in general and social citizenship in particular. It is argued here that the emergence of a ‘neoliberal communitarian’ citizenship model in the context of the Lisbon Agenda Migration and the EUarticles

The EU’s ‘basic values’ and irregular migrants: Common principles for integration or tool for exclusion?

30. 1. 07
Drawing on the recent EC Communication on irregular migration and focusing on southern Italian agriculture and its widespread recourse to an undocumented migrant workforce, the article argues that millions of people across the EU lack basic social, let alone civil and political, rights. 'Respect for the basic values of the European Union', cited in the 10 Common Basic Principles on Integration, sh...
Migration and the EU Undocumented Migration and Regularisationarticles

Visa Policies of European Union Member States -Monitoring Report

22. 6. 06
This Report is a part of the Friendly EU Border Programme initiated by the Stefan Batory Foundation in 2002. The Programme is aimed at, inter alia, promoting the facilitation of visa procedures for Eastern Europeans wishing to travel to Poland and other EU Member States.

The Report is a result of cooperation between the Stefan Batory Foundation, Collegium Civitas and...

Migration and the EUresearch reports and studies

Changing status, changing lives? The socio-economic impact of EU Enlargement on low wage migrant labour in the UK

13. 6. 06
The research for Changing status, changing lives? was motivated by the accession of ten new countries to the European Union (EU) on 1st May 2004. The ten accession states include the “A8” countries – Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia – plus Cyprus and Malta. Among the member states of the pre-enlarged EU (EU15) only Sweden, Ireland and the UK grante...
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Multiethnicity and the Idea of Europe

15. 12. 05
The idea of a shared European identity and belonging based on common origin and shared universal values have been part of European history since long. More recently this Idea of Europe is commonly reinvigorated as the indispensable foundation for the recent economic and political integration of European states. Such European unity is constituted around shared and mobilising cultural commons that a...
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The Negative Effects of Securitizing Immigration - the Case of Bulgarian Migrants to the EU

9. 6. 05
The 2004 Eastern enlargement saw an ever hardening attitude against immigrants, mainly due to the securitization of international migration. The case of Bulgarian migrants in the European Union gives an example of the risks in considering all immigrants a threat to public security. The article by Denislava Simeonova seeks to explore the unintended effects of securitizing migration in the EU and su...
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