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'Joint Operation RABIT 2010' – FRONTEX Assistance to Greece’s Border with Turkey: Revealing the Deficiencies of Europe’s Dublin Asylum System. CEPS Liberty and Security in Europe, November 2010

Carrera, Sergio and Guild, Elspeth. (2010) 'Joint Operation RABIT 2010' – FRONTEX Assistance to Greece’s Border with Turkey: Revealing the Deficiencies of Europe’s Dublin Asylum System. CEPS Liberty and Security in Europe, November 2010. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the first deployment of the Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITs) to Greece’s external land border with Turkey on 2 November 2010. It argues that the sending of the RABITs to Greece reveals some of the core challenges inherent in Europe’s external border and asylum policies. Most importantly, it signals the limits of the principle of solidarity and fair-sharing of responsibility and the failure of the EU Dublin System. The paper argues that the sending of RABITs fails to show a long-standing (solidarity-based) answer by the EU to the situation of unrest taking place in Greece on two grounds: First, the deployment is merely of a emergency, temporary and (in)security (police)-driven nature; and second, the strengthening of the common EU external land border between Greece and Turkey may further increase the tensions by enlarging the distance between the external border control practices and Europe’s commitment to the rights and freedoms of asylum-seekers and refugees.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > general
    Countries > Turkey
    Countries > Greece
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > asylum policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > Schengen/Prum/border control/freedom to travel
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Liberty and Security in Europe
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2010
    Number of Pages: 19
    Last Modified: 22 Sep 2013 16:00
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15186

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