Monday, 25 April 2011

Paper on the Stockholm Programme

I’ve come across a concise paper outlining the current scenario in the EU in relation to border control.

Crossing Borders After Stockholm, by Dr. Sarah Wolff (Research Fellow at the Clingendael European Studies Programme, Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’), is published in Migrainfo Bulletin No. 36, March 2011.

Dr. Wolff provides a quick overview of the status quo, concluding that the Stockholm programme is rather weak on fundamental rights and that there is a failure within the EU to adequately address labour migration and integration.

EASO is given a mention on page 2, in the context of a possible way of offering increased protection to asylum-seekers attempting to cross the EU’s borders. Dr. Wolff says that:

“Proposals to strengthen the human rights curricula of EU border guards as well as ways to turn the principle of non-refoulement into a reality have been tabled. The possibility of cooperation between Frontex and the European Asylum Support Office that became operational in Malta should help improving the coordination of the reception of migrants in the EU.”

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