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MIGRATION PANORAMA | The Western Balkans migratory route: perspectives and persisting challenge. EPC Report December 2016 (2nd Edition)

Anderson, Kristine and Bonomi, Matteo and Engel, Raphaela and Fajon, Tanya and Mancic, Milica and Petronijević, Vladimir (2016) MIGRATION PANORAMA | The Western Balkans migratory route: perspectives and persisting challenge. EPC Report December 2016 (2nd Edition). [Policy Paper]

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    In the past few years, the EU’s capacities have been stretched thin as it grappled with multiple challenges, leaving the Western Balkans and the EU membership aspirations of the countries in the region somewhat marginalised. But the Western Balkans suddenly returned to the top of the EU’s agenda last year as an unprecedented number of refugees crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece and transited through the region to reach Central Europe. Given their geographic location and the fragility of the EU’s cooperation with Turkey, countries along the Western Balkans route have in fact become crucial partners for the effective management of migratory flows towards the EU. This second edition of the EPC’s Migration Panorama includes five articles offering diverse perspectives on the Western Balkans route, the region’s role in managing the influx, and how EU-Western Balkans cooperation on this issue might affect further progress on enlargement. Milica Mancic and Kristine Anderson of the International Rescue Committee highlight humanitarian considerations and the effect of EU policies on governance in the region; Vladimir Petronijević from Grupa 484, a Serbian NGO, focuses on the situation in Serbia – a key transit country at the heart of the Western Balkan route; Raphaela Engel of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence explains Austria’s special role in managing irregular migration flows in the region, stressing the importance of close cooperation with Balkan states; MEP Tanja Fajon’s contribution examines the impact of events on EU-Western Balkan relations and potential implications for EU enlargement; finally, the EPC’s Matteo Bonomi provides a comprehensive analysis of the political dynamics resulting from the refugee influx, in particular regarding EU enlargement.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-South-Eastern Europe (Balkans)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJCC/AFSJ > 2015 Migration Movement
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > European Policy Centre > Policy Brief
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 14:05
    Number of Pages: 22
    Last Modified: 22 Dec 2016 14:05

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