Ruben Zaiotti

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    The elephant in Europe’s living room: why the EU’s crisis summit must tackle the root causes of migration

The elephant in Europe’s living room: why the EU’s crisis summit must tackle the root causes of migration

EU ministers are due to meet on 14 September for an emergency summit on the ongoing migration crisis. Ruben Zaiotti writes that the real focus of the meeting should be on addressing the root causes of migration. He argues that while many of the factors underpinning the migration crisis, such as instability in the Middle East, are impossible to […]

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    Europe is suffering from a psychological blind spot over migration in the Mediterranean

Europe is suffering from a psychological blind spot over migration in the Mediterranean

The death of migrants in the Mediterranean remains a significant problem for EU migration policy. Ruben Zaiotti argues that Europe’s approach to the issue can effectively be termed a type of ‘externalisation’, in which the responsibility for migration has been off loaded to origin and transit countries. He writes that the best explanation for why Europe has adopted this […]

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    Escalating a ‘visa war’ with Russia could offer the EU an option to exert pressure over Ukraine

Escalating a ‘visa war’ with Russia could offer the EU an option to exert pressure over Ukraine

The EU has warned Russia that it could face stronger sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Ruben Zaiotti writes on the role that visas could play in EU sanctions. He notes that applications from Russia make up the largest share of all Schengen visas issued and that Russia has one of the lowest visa refusal rates in Schengen states. He […]

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The latest agreement on the governance of the Schengen border control regime simply revamps old rules and changes little on the ground.

Concerned by growing migratory pressures on Europe’s external borders, some EU member states have called for a revision of the rules regarding the imposition of national border controls within the EU. Ruben Zaiotti examines the recent agreement on the governance of the Schengen border control regime, which aims to clarify how these controls might operate. He argues that the agreement […]

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Margaret Thatcher’s fixation on national borders played a fundamental role in the making of the Schengen regime.

For nearly twenty years, the Schengen policy regime has guaranteed freedom of movement throughout much of the EU. Ruben Zaiotti reflects on former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s opposition to Schengen: opposition which was based on a fixation on national borders and the apparent protection that they provide. He writes that in light of these criticisms, Schengen’s architects designed the […]

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Book Review: Europe’s Migrant Policies: Illusions of Integration

Recent years have seen an increasing polarisation of views on the EU, with many now debating its relevance in contemporary European politics. Europe’s Migrant Policies: Illusions of Integration examines the role and effectiveness of the EU in developing common migrant integration policies across Europe since the 1990s. Ruben Zaiotti welcomes the book’s contribution to debate about the EU’s role through […]

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