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The EU’s informal migration deals and their compliance with the rights of migrants

Röhlk, S. (2022) The EU’s informal migration deals and their compliance with the rights of migrants.

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Abstract:The EU’s usage of informal migration deals has been criticised because those deals bypass democratic and judicial control. However, the impacts it has on compliance with migrants’ rights have not been the focus of the debate. To help fill that research gap, this paper investigates the question, "To what extent does the EU's practice to conclude informal migration deals and partnerships with third countries respect the rights of migrants as codified in EU and international instruments?" By conducting a hermeneutic textual analysis, the rights of migrants in the EU and the instruments available when cooperating with non-member states in the field of migration will be established and discussed. This is followed by a case study of three already existing informal migration deals, namely the Mobility Partnership with Morocco, the Joint Declaration on Migration Cooperation between Afghanistan and the EU and the Admission Procedures for the return of Ethiopians from EU member states. The study leads to the conclusion that informal migration deals do not respect the rights of migrants. Some of the rights are violated directly by the EU, while others are not sufficiently protected. Additionally, the violation of the rights depends on the type of informal deal used.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:86 law, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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