Citizenship and Migration: Europe’s 21st Century Challenges, 3-7 August 2020
Citizenship and migration are highly contested and politicized topics in today’s Europe. Brexit, the ‘migration crisis’ or people dying in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe’s shore highlight the importance of migration issues for public and political agendas.
In this course, we explore the interconnected fields of EU citizenship and EU migration law and policy. Equally, we critically examine the construction of the categories of ‘citizen’ and’ migrant’ with a view to understand the differences that exist between EU citizens and migrants in relation to topics such as, the possibility to physically enter or leave the EU, the right to work or seek education, the right to family reunification or the right to be treated equally. While these issues are intrinsic to Western understandings of what it means to be a citizen of a nation state, the EU dimension brings new challenges to the constitutional arrangements that legally define the relationship between people and administration within a given territory.
The course lectures explore how the introduction of EU citizenship – as a legal status capturing the relationship between nationals of the Member States and the EU – and the creation of a common policy on migration and asylum since 1999 challenge our assumptions about who is a citizen, where she belongs and what the content of citizenship is. We will equally discuss how EU’s claim that it is built on and committed to democratic values, human rights, and rule of law impacts on its policies and laws in the field of migration.
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