EU Immigration Policy: From Intergovernmentalism to Reluctant Harmonization

Terri Givens and Adam Luedtke

in The State of the European Union, 6

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780199257409
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600951 | DOI:
 EU Immigration Policy: From Intergovernmentalism to Reluctant Harmonization

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Focusses on EU immigration policy. While providing an overview of the current status of EU immigration policy, Givens and Luedtke also examine the various national‐level factors from party politics to citizen action that can influence the direction and shape of new EU laws. The analysis reveals that harmonization is more difficult in areas of immigration policy that are highly politicized at the national level. After an introduction, the second section of the chapter proposes a model of how EU immigration policy is harmonized, and how this harmonization can be blocked or restricted. The third section traces the history of EU immigration policy harmonization, focussing on European Court of Justice case law in respect of Third‐country nationals, and the fourth concludes.

Keywords: case law; EU law; EU policy; European Court of Justice; EU; harmonization; history; immigration model; immigration policy; Third‐country nationals

Chapter.  8347 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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