The Politics of European Immigration

The effects of the war in Syria continue to dominate world headlines. As the European Union attempts to come to grips with the resulting flood of asylum-seekers, the democratic deficits created by its political architecture are becoming ever more apparent. Existing EU-wide immigration policy is determined by the European Commission, with limited input from the European Parliament. While the Parliament is gradually acquiring more powers, there is little prospect, even in the medium term, of the emergence of a coherent immigration policy that is considered legitimate by the citizens of all EU countries. No one knows the full extent of…

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