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Still a beacon of human rights? Considerations on the EU response to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean

Still a beacon of human rights? Considerations on the EU response to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean
Still a beacon of human rights? Considerations on the EU response to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean
The European Union is a political union of democracies which protects human rights and presents itself as a beacon of human rights on the global scene. This Profile reviews the measures the EU has introduced in response to the crisis and highlights the problems they pose from a human rights perspective. Overall, a set of five measures were adopted: (1) improving search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean and the Aegean in order to prevent loss of human lives at sea; (2) initiating military intervention to tackle networks of smugglers; (3) introducing resettlement and relocation quotas to alleviate pressure on the EU member states which serve as entry points (Italy, Greece and Hungary) and from the countries neighbouring Syria (primarily Turkey); (4) creating a common list of safe countries to facilitate and speed up the return of failed asylum seekers and undocumented migrants; and finally (5) strengthening cooperation with countries of origin and transit to readmit migrants and to tighten border controls. Whether the EU will be able to respond to the unfolding crisis by providing international protection to those in need while simultaneously securing its external borders will be a yardstick by which to judge its human rights commitment.
Migration crisis, human rights, refugees, asylum, European Union, Europeanisation
1362-9395
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Barbulescu, Roxana
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Barbulescu, Roxana
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Barbulescu, Roxana (2016) Still a beacon of human rights? Considerations on the EU response to the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Mediterranean Politics, 1-8. (doi:10.1080/13629395.2016.1194546).

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The European Union is a political union of democracies which protects human rights and presents itself as a beacon of human rights on the global scene. This Profile reviews the measures the EU has introduced in response to the crisis and highlights the problems they pose from a human rights perspective. Overall, a set of five measures were adopted: (1) improving search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean and the Aegean in order to prevent loss of human lives at sea; (2) initiating military intervention to tackle networks of smugglers; (3) introducing resettlement and relocation quotas to alleviate pressure on the EU member states which serve as entry points (Italy, Greece and Hungary) and from the countries neighbouring Syria (primarily Turkey); (4) creating a common list of safe countries to facilitate and speed up the return of failed asylum seekers and undocumented migrants; and finally (5) strengthening cooperation with countries of origin and transit to readmit migrants and to tighten border controls. Whether the EU will be able to respond to the unfolding crisis by providing international protection to those in need while simultaneously securing its external borders will be a yardstick by which to judge its human rights commitment.

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 May 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 June 2016
Keywords: Migration crisis, human rights, refugees, asylum, European Union, Europeanisation
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 397575
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397575
ISSN: 1362-9395
PURE UUID: 4b5c01a7-0d15-435b-8ea6-297641b3cfa6

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Date deposited: 04 Jul 2016 10:56
Last modified: 10 Jan 2018 05:19

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Author: Roxana Barbulescu

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