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The 'Next Generation' visa-Belt and braces or the emperor's new clothes? Implications for the EU's migration and asylum policies. CEPS Liberty and Security in Europe, October 2011

Salter, Mark B. and Mutlu, Can E. (2011) The 'Next Generation' visa-Belt and braces or the emperor's new clothes? Implications for the EU's migration and asylum policies. CEPS Liberty and Security in Europe, October 2011. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    National, state-based visa waivers are ‘blunt instruments’ for border, immigration, and mobility management. A symbol of the tension between the norms of reciprocity and unilateralism: the unilateral imposition of a Canadian visa on Czech nationals caused diplomatic turbulence between the Czech and Canadian governments, and posed a policy problem for the EU. Should all EU member states impose a reciprocal visa on Canadians or undermine the norm of reciprocity and admit that certain member states and bilateral relations are more important than others? The proposed long-term policy solution is a ‘next generation’ visa that is capable of targeting individuals rather than entire state populations. We argue that i) there is no evidence in current profiling or risk assessment systems that any programme can provide a compelling, efficient, and secure target list and ii) individualised visa restrictions targeting would violate international legal obligations under the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Czech Republic
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > asylum policy
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > immigration policy
    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: 03 Oct 2011 14:49
    Number of Pages: 10
    Last Modified: 22 Sep 2013 15:52
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/32548

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