Blackmail in the Balkans

The development of a system for collecting data on people on the move in the Balkans highlights the overall orientation of the EU’s migration policies: outsourcing migration management at all costs, to the detriment of provisions for reception. In order to keep those considered as „undesirable“ at a distance, would the European Union go so far as to extend beyond its borders the ‘Dublin’ mechanism for allocating state responsibility for asylum claims, at the risk of further aggravating the rights violations along the Balkan route?

n the new pact on migration and asylum made public on 23 September 2020, the solidarity promised by Ursula von der Leyen sounds strange. There will only be solidarity between Member States, and not in order to receive people on the move fairly and with dignity, but above all to better expel them. […] There is solidarity between Member States to increase the rate of expulsions, to reinforce already deadly borders[7] and to subcontract the management of migration to third countries that are far away for being “safe” for people on the move. In the absence of a Europe of solidarity in reception, the Commission is thus banking on a Europe in „solidarity“ behind the main goal of keeping people on the move at distance from European territory, in defiance of their fundamental rights. Therefore, the new pact makes the strengthening of cooperation with third countries one of its priorities.

Author(s): Bisiaux, Sophie-Anne et al.

Publisher or Journal: Statewatch

Year of Publication: 2021

Document Type: Website

Link: https://www.statewatch.org/analyses/2021/blackmail-in-the-balkans-how-the-eu-is-externalising-its-asylum-policies/

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