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Towards Common EU Migration and Asylum Policies?
Towards Common EU Migration and Asylum Policies?
Introduction

Between January and December 2015, the arrival of more than 1 million people in the EU via Mediterranean routes, plus the scale of the loss of life in the Mediterranean – around 3,771 reported deaths during 2015, on top of 3,279 in 2014 – raised important questions about EU migration policy, or, perhaps more accurately, its absence (see Table 1.1). This chapter analyses the development and limits of the common EU response including policies on migration and asylum that mainly focus on border controls, the development of the Schengen system, plus the free movement framework for EU citizens that effectively creates open borders for nationals of 28 European countries. It is ...

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