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Speaking with one voice? The European Union's global approach to migration and mobility and the limits of international migration cooperation

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posted on 2023-06-09, 02:40 authored by James HampshireJames Hampshire
Migration is comparatively weakly regulated at the international level. States are reluctant to cede sovereignty over international migration and negotiations between rich destination countries in the north and sending countries in the south must overcome asymmetries of interests. For this reason, issue-linkage is typically required to achieve north–south cooperation. This paper examines the European Union's (EU) Global Approach to Migration and Mobility as a framework for international migration cooperation. The paper argues that institutional complexity and political dynamics internal to the EU limit its capacity to reach agreement with third countries. Three internal factors are examined: contrasting approaches of the Commission and Council to the external dimension; diversity of member states’ interests in migration policy; and the different policy agendas of the European agencies. These factors result in an approach to external migration relations that is limited in scope and characterised by variable participation. Despite its apparent potential to leverage agreements from third countries, the EU emerges as an unpromising vehicle for international migration cooperation.

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Publication status

  • Published

Journal

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

ISSN

1369-183X

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Issue

4

Volume

42

Page range

571-586

Department affiliated with

  • Politics Publications

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  • No

Peer reviewed?

  • Yes

Legacy Posted Date

2016-08-30

First Compliant Deposit (FCD) Date

2016-08-30

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