“The Governance of Migration, Mobility and Asylum in the EU: A Contentious Laboratory”

Segnaliamo il paper di Giulia Henry e Ferruccio Pastore pubblicato nel numero 5 del 30 aprile 2014 della serie Imagining Europe e preparato nell’ambito del progetto “Towards a More United and Effective Europe”.

Il paper è stato presentato all’interno della conferenza dello IAI-CIDOB su “Migration and Mobility in Post-Crisis Europe”, a Barcellona, lo scorso 6 maggio 2014.

The management of population movements across national borders does not represent a single and unified regulatory field at EU level. Mobility of EU citizens, migration of third country nationals and asylum have long evolved as autonomous policy areas, driven by distinct policymaking logics. This paper briefly reconstructs the evolution of each of these areas, with a focus on governance structures and on core-noncore relations. We then move to identifying two major structural transformations (the economic crisis with its heavy polarizing effect and the wave of political instability in the Mediterranean) both with significant migratory repercussions which are producing centrifugal effects on EU migration, mobility and asylum governance. In the final section of the paper, we draw some possible institutional and political scenarios for each of these separated but ever more interconnected policy fields. We end by arguing that only by facing migratory challenges with more resources and in a more integrated way the EU can defuse their disruptive potential and enhance their positive dimension.

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