|EuroMeSCo Policy Brief 61: How Can the EU Border be Better Managed? By Xavier Aragall|
|Written by Xavier Aragall|
In the course of 2014 almost 215,000 refugees crossed the southern Mediterranean Sea border to apply for asylum in the European Union (EU). However, during 2015, one million reached the EU. For 2016, the UNHCR foresees that one million refugees and migrants could be attempting to reach Europe by using the Eastern corridor, namely Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkan routes. The attempts by the EU to manage this unprecedented movements had been characterised by the prevalence of security based approach and the tendency to put migrants and refugees in the same box, and the prioritisation of border control. This brief reviews already existing policy proposals and programmes, to explore how the EU can effectively manage a million entries per year, i.e., differentiate those that are unauthorised entries while at the same time guarantee and fulfil the refugee protection and migrant rights.
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