Getting to the root of the problem. A policy perspective on how the EU is tackling migration through development
Getting to the root of the problem.
A policy perspective on how the EU is tackling migration through development
By Luca Merotta. Paper, July 2017
Confronted with consistent streams of migrants, the EU has progressively externalised its migration policy by embedding migration issues into a number of external policies, including development. For historical and geopolitical reasons, Africa has become the privileged continent in this new approach.
In order to fully appreciate the dynamics and the rationales behind this externalisation, this paper reviews the major policy initiatives that the EU took over the past decade with regard to international development and migration as two mutually dependent policy areas. Firstly, it assesses the policy debate that underpinned the conception and adoption of the 2015 Agenda on Migration amidst the so-called “migration crisis”.
Secondly, it looks at the Agenda and other key events, like the Valletta Summit. Thirdly, it reviews the main policy initiatives that were taken to implement the Agenda. Lastly, it presents the most recent developments and the tools that are being defined or negotiated at EU level.