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09/24/2020 15:27

EU Migration Pact: A Promising Approach

Melanie Radike Kommunikation
Institut für Weltwirtschaft (IfW)

    Mattias Lücke, project head of the MEDAM project and senior researcher at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, comments on the European Commission's New Pact for Asylum and Migration (released September 23, 2020):

    "The Commission proposal is a key step towards an EU asylum system that enables member states to manage immigration in line with their policy preferences while protecting refugees.

    Above all, the New Pact takes the mutual interdependence of the three main policy areas seriously: First, the EU will work closely with countries of origin and transit to protect refugees in countries of first asylum, combat people smuggling and contain irregular migration, and promote mutually beneficial legal migration. Second, the EU's external border will be supervised closely so that all irregular immigrants are identified and go through a fast and fair asylum procedure. Third, all EU member states must support member states of first arrival that are overburdened by a large inflow of irregular immigrants. In doing so, they are normally free to choose between hosting refugees or supporting mandatory returns of rejected asylum seekers.

    In the coming months, EU member states will need to work through the details of the proposed pact with the Commission and European Parliament. In particular, to become functional, the proposal relies heavily on returning rejected asylum seekers smoothly to their countries of origin. So far, multiple bureaucratic and political barriers in both EU member states and countries of origin have caused returns to fail frequently or at least become costly and tedious.

    Nevertheless, the New Pact remains the most promising attempt so far to overcome the prevailing practices of securitization and deterrence at the external EU border and to promote humane control of migration to the EU.

    Media Contact:
    Melanie Radike
    Communication Manager
    Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM)
    T +49 431 8814-329

    Mercator Dialogue on Asylum
    and Migration (MEDAM)

    Kiel Institute for the World Economy
    Kiellinie 66 | 24105 Kiel
    T +49 (431) 8814-1
    F +49 (431) 8814-500

    Contact for scientific information:

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Lücke
    Senior Researcher and Academic Co-Director
    Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration (MEDAM)
    T +49 431 8814-497

    More information: - More proposals on European asylum and migration policy can be found on the website of the MEDAM project.

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