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