Drawing the EU's Borders: Immigration Policy

Virginie Guiraudon

in The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283958
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603297 | DOI:
Drawing the EU's Borders: Immigration Policy

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The transfer of competence in areas considered emblematic of national sovereignty, like immigration and citizenship, should be a litmus test of the ‘polity’ ambitions of the EU. As of the early 1980s, national officials in charge of migration sought to avoid judicial constraints and conflicting bureaucratic views that that were experiencing at the national level. They consequently moved to relocate some of their decision-making to a secretive intergovernmental forum at the EU level. This chapter develops this analysis of motives for cooperation at the EU level in terms of political ‘venue shopping’.

Keywords: immigration; intergovernmentalism; 9/11; venue shopping; asylum-seekers; Amsterdam Treaty

Chapter.  8618 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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