Migration and immigration are high on any nation’s agenda but have particular resonance in Europe in light of recent events. The new edition of this book has been fully updated in this respect and explores: • Immigration policy in individual EU nations • The treatment of migrants, including immigrant policies • The development and effects of the Shengen agreement • The movement towards common EU policies. It looks specifically at the contexts of Britain, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey as well as a examining the changing nature of migration dynamics in central and Eastern Europe. This book is a significant and timely analysis suitable for students of migration at any level.
Chapter 7: Towards Common EU Migration and Asylum Policies?
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 ...