The European Union and Global Engagement
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The European Union and Global Engagement

Institutions, Policies and Challenges

Edited by Normann Witzleb, Alfonso Martínez Arranz and Pascaline Winand Winand

Written by a broad range of international experts, The European Union and Global Engagement examines the current state of the European Union and its relationship with the world. The book presents fresh perspectives on the interplay between EU internal developments and its global engagement. While considering the impact and presence of the EU around the world, the collection has a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. This interdisciplinary book is an essential and accessible resource for students and scholars of European studies, as well as for public servants, business practitioners, researchers and journalists. It will appeal to everyone who seeks to understand the fast-moving policy developments in the EU’s actions on the world stage.
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Chapter 6: Human rights in the European Union: the challenge of people on the move

Heli Askola


This chapter charts some of the current trends related to human rights within the European Union (EU). After a brief introduction into the various mechanisms and recent developments in the EU human rights area, the chapter analyses, by way of an example, one substantive issue of particular concern, that of human rights of migrants in the EU. Migration is an area that raises a host of human rights issues in practically all EU Member States. While some Member States have, generally speaking, good human rights records, all of them face criticism with regard to their treatment of migrants, especially those considered ‘illegal’. Concerns have also been raised about the role of the Union itself in contributing to developments that undermine some migrants’ human rights. The chapter reflects on the actual treatment of various groups of migrants against the EU’s lofty assurances about its commitment to universal human rights.

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