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A Minor Safeguard? : The Protection of Minorities in the Context of EU return Policies

Turban, Thomas Christoph (2017) A Minor Safeguard? : The Protection of Minorities in the Context of EU return Policies.

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Abstract:Rising numbers of asylum seekers and migrants trying to reach the European Union have put the implementation of an effective return policy on top of the agenda of the EU’s migration policies. In 2008, common EU-procedures for the return and removal of irregularly-staying migrants were defined in the so-called Return Directive. The return of migrants is bound to the adherence to fundamental human rights. Ethnic and national minorities comprise groups that are particularly vulnerable and often require peculiar protection. This study tries to assess to what degree minorities are protected by the EU in the context of return. By conducting case-studies on Tamil returnees to Sri Lanka and Roma returnees to Serbia using secondary data, this project tries to provide insight into this issue. Therefore, the cases are assessed with reference to EU human rights documents, primarily the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The case studies indicated inconsistencies with the Charter in the return practices with both minorities. The analysis allows us to conclude that the broad wording in EU legislation and an insufficient inclusion of minority protection provides national authorities with a discretionary power that threatens the adherence to the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:10 humanities in general, 70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 73 cultural anthropology, 86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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