05 Sep 2017

Pathways towards Legal Migration into the EU

Reappraising concepts, trajectories and policies

Sergio Carrera / Andrew Geddes / Elspeth Guild / Marco Stefan

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Finding that EU migration policies are still subject to inconsistency, legal uncertainty and discriminatory treatment, scholars call for the creation of new legal pathways.

Over the past 15 years, the ‘Europeanisation’ of policies dealing with the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals has led to the development of a common EU acquis. Yet questions related to policy consistency, legal certainty and fair and non-discriminatory treatment in working and living standards still characterise the EU’s legal framework for cross-border mobility. This book critically explores the extent to which EU legal migration policies and their underlying working notions match the transnational mobility of individuals today. It addresses the main challenges of economic migration policies, both within the EU and in the context of EU cooperation with third countries. Special consideration is given to the compatibility of EU policies with international labour standards along with the fundamental rights and approach to fairness laid down in the EU Treaties. The contributions to this book showcase the various uses and potential of social science and humanities research in assessing, informing and shaping EU migration policies. Leading scholars and experts have brought together the latest knowledge available to reappraise the added value of the EU in this area. Their reflections and findings point to the need to develop a revised set of EU policy priorities in implementing a new generation of legal pathways for migration.

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Editors: Sergio Carrera is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Justice and Home Affairs Programme at CEPS. Andrew Geddes is Director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute in Florence. Elspeth Guild is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS and Jean Monnet Professor ad personam of European Migration Law at the Radboud University Nijmegen and Queen Mary University of London. Marco Stefan is Researcher in the Justice and Home Affairs Programme at CEPS.

Contributors: Mikkel Barslund, Graziano Battistella, Matthias Busse, Sergio Carrera, Bjarney Fridriksdottir, Andrew Geddes, Elspeth Guild, Leonhard den Hertog, Petra Herzfeld Olsson, Mari Korpela, Dora Kostakopoulou, Jelle Kroes, Gabriela Marti, Marion Panizzon, Rinus Penninx , Pirkko Pitkänen, Neelam D. Sabharwal, Marco Stefan, Simon Tans, Marie-José L. Tayah, Fanny Tittel-Mosser and Agnieszka Weinar

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