EU’s Global Actorness in Question: A Debate over the EU-Turkey Migration Deal - Fatma YILMAZ-ELMAS

04/01/2021
ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, ADVANCED ONLINE PUBLICATION, 2021

Fatma YILMAZ-ELMAS*

ABSTRACT
Addressing a close relationship between the EU’s role as a global actor and migration management, this article covers the 2016 EU-Turkey migration deal and endeavors to go beyond simple criticism of its efficiency. Following a review of the relevant literature and critical analysis of recent migration management process, interviews with field experts and policymakers were utilized to assess the policy dilemmas of the EU’s approach to the pressure from migration. The pressure the EU has long been experiencing is not a challenge that can be solved by asymmetric cooperation with third countries, characterized by an ignorance of divergences in perceptions and expectations. This may have subsequent impact on the EU’s enlargement policy and thereby on the stability of the region.

Keywords: EU-Turkey Migration Deal, EU Global Actorness, External Migration Management, Refugee Crisis

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* Dr., Post-doc Researcher, Istanbul Bilgi University, European Institute, Istanbul