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Eu Migration Policy: Evolving Ideas Of Responsibility And Protection

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The European Union (EU) provides a good case study of how the concepts of both responsibility and protection are evolving in a world of increasing political and economic integration. This chapter looks at differing visions of responsibility that are currently being played out in the EU arena in terms of southern Member States pushing a physical burden-sharing conception of shared responsibility and northern Member States preferring an alternative vision focused on practical assistance. It then discusses different types of protection that the EU promulgates, from the development of a Common European Asylum System within the EU to addressing the root causes of migration with countries outside the EU. The EU migration and asylum policy arena is a complex one, illustrated with ever-changing political priorities, public opinion and real-world events, and these complexities impact on state responses to migratory and refugee flows.

Keywords: European Asylum policy; European Union (EU) migration policy; refugee; responsibility to protect (R2P)



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