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Chapter 9: In the Shadow of the ‘Fortress’? Migration Dynamics in Central and Eastern Europe

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In the Shadow of the ‘Fortress’? Migration Dynamics in Central and Eastern Europe
In the Shadow of the ‘Fortress’? Migration Dynamics in Central and Eastern Europe
Introduction

Central and East European countries could be seen as ‘policy takers’, accepting the requirements of EU migration and asylum law and policy as a condition for membership. The refugee crisis in 2015 showed that they had also become policy ‘shapers’ and ‘makers’ as they responded to and, to some extent, tried to resist, the large flows of people across their borders (many moving towards Germany of course). The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia all opposed the mandatory EU scheme for the relocation of asylum applicants from Greece, Hungary and Italy, but were outvoted in the EU’s Council and ...

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