16 Jun 2011

The EU’s Dialogue on Migration, Mobility and Security with the Southern Mediterranean: Filling the gaps in the global approach to migration

Sergio Carrera

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This Liberty & Security paper argues that for the EU’s Global Approach to Migration to address its unfinished elements and policy incoherencies, the European Union needs to develop common policy strategies focused on: first, new enforcement and independent evaluation mechanisms on the implementation of the European law on free movement, borders and migration, and the compatibility of EU member states and EU agencies’ actions with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Second, the development of a kind of cooperation (dialogue) with third states that goes beyond security-centred priorities and is solidly based on facilitating human mobility, consolidating fundamental rights and the general principles of the rule of law upon which the EU legal system is founded.

The paper provides a synthesised selection of recommendations in these domains, resulting from the research conducted by the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Section of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) during the last nine years of work.

Author Sergio Carrera is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Justice and Home Affairs Research Programme at CEPS.