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General Conclusions: EU Migration Law and Policy in a Nutshell

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The overview of the intergovernmental and European Union (EU) acquis up to Amsterdam showed clearly that despite the fact that the migration debate obviously lacked coherence and structure there were definitely segments of migration policy since the very early days of European integration. The much contested character of EU competence on migration policy and the profound divergences among Member States have perhaps not surprisingly led to the formation of a deeply fragmented policy and institutional framework. The Amsterdam Treaty and the subsequent Tampere Conclusions have undoubtedly signalled a new era of migration policy. And crucially the EU has raised a series of expectations with regard to the establishment of an area of freedom and security for both its citizens and third country nationals.

Keywords: Amsterdam Treaty; European Union (EU); Member States; migration policy



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