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EuroMed, Migration and Frenemy-Ship: Pretending to Deepen Cooperation Across the Mediterranean

F Ippolito and S Trevisanut (eds.), Migration in the Mediterranean: Mechanisms of International Co-operation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 43-67.

University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper 2015/15

19 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2015 Last revised: 20 Dec 2015

Elena Basheska

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 13, 2015

Abstract

This chapter provides a brief overview of the EU’s Mediterranean policy, to demonstrate that it is too complex, haphazard and ineffective to be a real vehicle for controlling irregular migration in the region. The poor incentives offered to the partners make improvements on the ground difficult and the heavy reliance on conditionality is inexplicable in a situation where the ‘shared’ core values are a mere rhetorical statement, rather than an empirically-grounded observation. Conditionality and help with democracy, human rights protection and the rule of law naturally turn into unfriendly acts aiming at regime change in this context. Unable to affect the root-causes of migration, owing to misconceived value-laden assumptions and dysfunctional policy, the EU suffers from the fruits of its own incapacity and indecision: mare nostrum is a mass grave. Worse still, the EU’s own adherence to its stated values when dealing with irregular migrants is overwhelmingly problematic and is in need of profound reassessment.

Keywords: EU, Law, EuroMed, Migration, ENP, external relations, Mediterranean Union, North Africa

Suggested Citation

Basheska, Elena and Kochenov, Dimitry, EuroMed, Migration and Frenemy-Ship: Pretending to Deepen Cooperation Across the Mediterranean (January 13, 2015). F Ippolito and S Trevisanut (eds.), Migration in the Mediterranean: Mechanisms of International Co-operation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 43-67.; University of Groningen Faculty of Law Research Paper 2015/15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2549321

Elena Basheska (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

9700 AS Groningen
Netherlands

Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
Groningen, 9712 EK
Netherlands

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