EU Migration Policies


Schengen Visa Facilitation system’s failure in ‘facilitating’ mobility of highly skilled migrants

To date the Schengen visa facilitation system set up by the European Union is turning out to be a failure in ‘facilitating’ visas for highly skilled migrants, according to recent MPC research conducted in Ukraine and Moldova. Instead of facilitating applications, current visa facilitation procedures deter mobility due to ineffective implementation practices . Originally this […]

Frontex : vers une meilleure prise en compte des droits fondamentaux?

Frontex, l’Agence européenne pour la gestion de la coopération opérationnelle aux frontières extérieures, est dans la ligne de mire du Médiateur européen, qui a ouvert une enquête à son encontre sur la question du respect des droits fondamentaux le 6 mars dernier[1]. Cette initiative intervient alors même que l’Agence a été fortement critiquée par la […]

The Schengen Agreements: a Catchy Topic for Politicians that Easily Backfires

In a speech delivered on 11 March 2012, during his presidential campaign, French President Nicolas Sarkozy criticised the current functioning of the Schengen system. Wanting to show his commitment to fight against illegal migration, he announced that France would “suspend its participation in the Schengen agreements” if a structural reform was not implemented within a […]