Constitutionalising the External Dimensions of EU Migration Policies in Times of Crisis
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Constitutionalising the External Dimensions of EU Migration Policies in Times of Crisis

Legality, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Reconsidered

Edited by Sergio Carrera, Juan Santos Vara and Tineke Strik

This discerning book examines the external dimension EU migration and asylum polices in times of crisis. It thoroughly assesses patterns of co-operation in EU migration management with a focus on co-operation with the global south. A key resource for academics and students focussing on EU Law and migration more specifically, this book will also appeal to policy-makers, legal practitioners and international organisation representatives alike.
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Chapter 4: Migration deals and responsibility sharing: can the two go together?

Tineke Strik

Abstract

This chapter investigates how the EU’s externalisation of migration policy relates to the efforts at the global level to strengthen solidarity in the protection of refugees. Where the New York Declaration of 2016 stressed the need for a more equitable sharing of the responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees, the chapter questions whether the EU policies develop in this direction. The overview of the impact of migration deals with third countries, focusing on the human rights risks for migrants stuck in transit countries or returned there. The chapter describes how these risks will increase with the watering down of the safe third country concepts in EU legislation. Based on the consequences of the EU-Turkey deal, the author argues that extending similar deals with African countries would not only threat the protection standards of refugees, but also affect the responsibility taken for refugees by transit countries. Those countries tend to adopt the externalisation policy of the EU, including a restricted visa policy, readmission agreements and avoiding and allocating responsibility for refugees with, as an ultimate consequence, refugees facing obstacles in fleeing their country. This copying behaviour also has serious implications for African regional relations and mobility schemes, which can be seen as an unintended side-effect of the EU’s policies. The author therefore argues that while the EU externalisation policy neglects the long-term and global effects, it risks to affect the aim of the draft UN Global Compact on the refugees to strengthen solidarity on the global level.

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