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 11: Conclusion
In June 2015, in another apparent blow to common EU migration policies, Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, proposed to offer temporary permits to asylum applicants in Italy with the idea that they could then move on to other EU member states. This was in response both to tightened border controls exerted by France and Italy as well as pressure within Italy from the anti-immigrant Northern League political party. It was a potential blow to a common EU approach because such a move seemed likely to exacerbate rather than ease tensions, and may well have been a move made by Renzi to draw attention to the unsustainability of the current situation of relatively large-scale arrivals in Italy (more than 153,000 in 2015, see Table ...