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European migration policy in the central Mediterranean : circumventing the “Right to have Rights” of migrants?

Steinhorst, S. (2017) European migration policy in the central Mediterranean : circumventing the “Right to have Rights” of migrants?

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Abstract:Considering European policies aimed at controlling irregular migration, border control and asylum, this thesis aims to shed light on the legal implications that multilateral cooperation in these matters has for “the right to have rights” of migrants (Arendt, 1966). The study focuses on the actions of the official Libyan government, Italy and the EU, which are currently implementing policies aimed at closing the central Mediterranean migration route. After the EU concluded a deal with Turkey in 2016, stemming the flow of migrants to Greece, the central Mediterranean route remains the most frequented route by migrants and by far also the most deadly, with more than 13 000 documented deaths in the last 5 years. In this study, theories of the changing concepts of borders, asylum and migration are applied to test whether Italian-Libyan cooperation and a CSDP mission are circumventing migrant’s human rights. Supposedly, these programs aim at protecting people, migrants as well as Europeans. However, critics point out that their real purpose is to construct a “fortress Europe”, with walls that are impermeable for those deemed undesirable, among them many asylum seekers that should be able to request protection.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:71 sociology, 86 law, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73498
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