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Turkish-EU Readmission Agreement: A Critique of EU-Turkey Migration Dialogue
Turkish-EU Readmission Agreement: A Critique of EU-Turkey Migration Dialogue

Author(s): Pelin SÖNMEZ, Hikmet KIRIK
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Governance, International relations/trade, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, Geopolitics
Published by: Atatürk Stratejik Araştırmalar Enstitüsü
Keywords: European Union; Turkey; external governance; human security; readmission agreement;

Summary/Abstract: Europe’s immigration problem became a “crisis” from the EU perspective. The growing numbers of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing from politically destabilized regions like the Middle East and Africa or war-torn countries, most notably from Syria, as well as people who just looking for a better life seeking refuge in Europe, poses complex challenges for European policymakers. Europe deals with the illegal immigration via number of ways and policy instruments. Readmission agreements are one of the important components for the EU to tackle with the immigration issue. The third generation readmission agreements, particularly targeting irregular migration flow from third countries, are generally trying to be ratified with border neighbors/near border countries of the EU and especially with the ones that put migration pressure to the Union. Here, Turkey is one of the major routes of illegal migrants from the Eastern Mediterranean to Europe. Given the magnitude of the problem, recently signed Readmission Agreement and visa liberalization roadmap with Turkey should be viewed from this perspective. This article focuses on the timing and the possible impact of the Agreement on the EU-Turkey relations and it discusses the effect of the Readmission Agreement under the external governance and human security concepts. We, first of all, will analyze juridical structure and its role in EU law and attitude of EU towards readmission agreements. Secondly, we will study the readmission agreement with Turkey and its effects in terms of Turkey’s relationship with the EU. Third, clauses of the Turkey-EU Readmission Agreement will be analyzed from external governance and human security concepts and questions characteristics of contemporary forms of border security mechanisms of the EU.

  • Issue Year: 13/2017
  • Issue No: 25
  • Page Range: 1-26
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: English