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How the 2015 migration crisis shaped the bordering preferences of EU citizens

In 2015, EU countries struggled to cope with a sharp increase in the number of migrants and refugees entering Europe. But how did the crisis affect public opinion toward free movement within the EU? Drawing on a new study, Philipp Lutz finds that contrary to expectations, the crisis did not result in citizens turning away from free movement. Rather, there has been an increase in support for stronger external controls on immigration from outside the EU. Surging refugee arrivals in 2015...

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When Neoliberalism Negates Itself

Share the post "When Neoliberalism Negates Itself" Review of William Callison and Zachary Manfredi, eds., Mutant Neoliberalism: Market Rule and Political Rupture (Fordham University Press, 2020). Among its many intellectual repercussions, the current crisis in global politics has forced us to reassess neoliberalism, the ideology that, more than any other, has shaped our present. Despite its highly disruptive effects, neoliberalism had, until recently, seemed...

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The EU’s Pact on Migration and Asylum will do little to ease the pressure on southern member states

In September, the European Commission published a new ‘Pact on Migration and Asylum’ aimed at addressing the issue of irregular migration in the EU. Nadia Petroni argues the proposed measures will not help alleviate migration pressure on the EU’s southern member states. On 23 September, the European Commission presented its much-awaited ‘New Pact on Migration and Asylum’ which outlines the objectives for EU policies in the area of asylum and migration over the next five years. The Pact...

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The EU and the myth of migrant smuggling

Much of the EU’s approach to undocumented migration has focused on the role of smugglers. Federico Alagna argues that the narrative around migrant smuggling often obscures the real purpose of existing policies, as well as the reality of how undocumented migration actually functions.  Over the last few years, numerous EU migration policies, operations and programmes have been proposed as a response to ‘migrant smuggling’. This trend can be detected in the political discourse associated...

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Europe is in desperate need of a ‘Schumanian moment’ for EU asylum politics

The EU has formulated a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, which seeks to make EU asylum politics more realistic, efficient and crisis-proof. Ulrich Krotz and Lucas Schramm argue that for such an asylum regime to become a reality, a ‘Schumanian moment’ will be required, with a number of determined member states coming together and taking concrete steps in this direction. Ultimately, France and Germany must lead the way. The European Union is once again facing major migratory pressures,...

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Assessing the impact of Covid-19 on the EU’s response to irregular migration

Covid-19 has once again put EU solidarity to the test. Nadia Petroni writes that while much of the focus has been on the pandemic’s impact on healthcare and the European economy, it has also pushed states further apart on the issue of irregular migration. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, the issue of irregular migration had been at the top of the EU’s political agenda for over a decade. At the same time, the governance of migration proved to be the most complex and problematic area of...

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Revue de Presse: June 29

Share the post "Revue de Presse: June 29" Welcome to Tocqueville 21’s second weekly revue de presse, where we re-cap some of the most thought-provoking articles we’ve seen on democracy and politics in France, the US, and beyond. As always, the articles we relay here do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and interns that put this list together, just what we think is worth reading. This week, we take a look at the migration debate on both continents,...

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Considering intra-EU migration and countries’ net inflows

The authors here review the latest EU migration figures. Southern, eastern, and central Europe have broadly experienced net losses in cumulative intra-EU migration, while western and northern Europe have experienced gains. Spain and Italy, however, have still experienced gains in net migration inflows. By: Jan Mazza and Akira Soto Date: March 28, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance The popular narrative around...

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Backstage: Reforming the European asylum system

This episode of 'The Sound of Economics' features Bruegel visiting fellow Elina Ribakova in conversation with Marc-Olivier Padis and Jean-Paul Tran Thiet about the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). By: The Sound of Economics Date: March 7, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Asylum is a fundamental human right and an international obligation, first recognised in the 1951 Geneva Convention on...

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Immigration: The doors of perception

Surveys show that people systematically overestimate the share of foreign-born citizens among resident populations. Aligning people's perceptions with reality is vital to the betterment of public debate and proposed policies. This article was published by Público. Immigration has become a highly charged topic over the last three years. The word ‘immigration’ takes today a significant space in the political discourse, feeds populist narratives and influences electorates. See not only...

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