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Policy Brief

The Pitfalls of a European Migration Policy

Migration and Political Challenges in Times of Crisis in the EU

Key messages:

  • A European migration policy is hampered by structural and institutional limits on cooperation between the Member States and between different policy fields at the European level.

  • The divisive issues of today’s migration debate are fears of alleged “welfare shopping”, mixed flows of migration and the secondary movement of migrants, which are all situated in grey areas between the current institutional baskets.

  • Policies should strengthen inter-institutional and cross-sectional cooperation, build public confidence, make better use of migrants’ skills and invest in migrants’ children.

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