EU-Morocco Cooperation on Readmission, Borders and Protection: A Model to Follow?

CEPS Papers in Liberty and Security in Europe, 2016

22 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2016

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Sergio Carrera

Centre for European Policy Studies

Jean-Pierre Cassarino

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Nora El Qadim

University Paris 8

Mehdi Lahlou

National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics

Leonhard Den Hertog

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Date Written: January 22, 2016

Abstract

Greater cooperation with third countries is one of the EU’s core responses to the refugee crisis. This cooperation is focused on the readmission of individuals irregularly staying in the EU, on border surveillance and control, and on the reception of refugees in third countries.

This paper poses the question of what kind of cooperation the EU should pursue with third countries. As the current approaches are not new, the authors present the lessons from the EU’s long cooperation with Morocco to inform the current debate. They argue that the lessons learnt from the cooperation with Morocco show the limited feasibility and appropriateness of EU approach towards third countries, and that cooperation with third countries should not come at the expense of migrants’ rights. They should instead open up regular channels for asylum-seekers and not link readmission to other fields of EU external action under the ‘more-for-more’ principle.

Keywords: EU, border surveillance, border control, refugees, Morocco, migrants, asylum-seekers

Suggested Citation

Carrera, Sergio and Cassarino, Jean-Pierre and El Qadim, Nora and Lahlou, Mehdi and Den Hertog, Leonhard, EU-Morocco Cooperation on Readmission, Borders and Protection: A Model to Follow? (January 22, 2016). CEPS Papers in Liberty and Security in Europe, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2721658

Sergio Carrera (Contact Author)

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Jean-Pierre Cassarino

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Nora El Qadim

University Paris 8 ( email )

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Mehdi Lahlou

National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics ( email )

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Rabat
Morocco

Leonhard Den Hertog

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

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Brussels, 1000
Belgium

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