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 15: The EU and the migration crisis: reinforcing a security-based approach to migration?

Arantza Gomez Arana and Scarlett McArdle


The EU has long treated migration questions as issues of security within its normative and policy responses; the EU seeks to protect the external borders of the EU from ‘outsiders’ rather than looking at the issues of those ‘outsiders’. In spite of a more recent rhetoric speaking of a ‘comprehensive’ approach to migration, this chapter argues that this is simply a rebranded security based approach. The chapter argues that in creating the military crisis management operation EUNAVFOR Med, the EU has increased its security focus and only furthered this approach. It furthermore argues that not only does this fail to address the current issues in the area of migration, but it has its own problems particularly when considering the risks of breaches of international norms and the difficulty in ensuring accountability of actions.

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