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Adjusting to a World in MotionTrends in Global Migration and Migration Policy$
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Douglas J. Besharov and Mark H. Lopez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190211394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211394.001.0001

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The Evolution of EU Migration Policies

The Evolution of EU Migration Policies

Toward a Balanced, Comprehensive, and Common Approach?

(p.159) 8 The Evolution of EU Migration Policies
Adjusting to a World in Motion

Anja Wiesbrock

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the development of European migration and asylum policies from the first guest-worker policies in the postwar period to the most recent initiatives focused on highly skilled migrants and the return of irregular migrants. It highlights that, in spite of the European Union’s ambition to develop a common European approach toward the entry and residence of non-EU nationals, rules on migration, asylum, refugees, and border control continue to be fragmented across EU nations and are far from EU-wide or comprehensive. As a result, the complex picture of inter-related European, national, and international norms not only decreases the attractiveness of Europe as a destination for migrant workers, it also challenges the European Union’s self-perception as a human rights guarantor by compromising migrants’ rights for the sake of appeasing European receiving populations.

Keywords:   European migration law, asylum, refugees, border control, human rights, migrant workers

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