The Europeanization of Immigration Policies

  • Leila Hadj Abdou
Part of the IMISCOE Research Series book series (IMIS)


The control of international immigration touches the core of national sovereignty. The regulation of admission is usually seen as the deepest expression of self-determination. Despite this, over the last decade immigration has become a thoroughly Europeanized policy field, and this process has significantly contributed to European integration. This chapter reconstructs the evolution of the process of Europeanization in the domain of immigration, and analyses its dynamics. It focuses on the following questions: To what extent, and why, have EU member states opted to cooperate on the highly sensitive issue of migration? What effect does Europeanization have on the rights of immigrants—do we see a restriction or an expansion of rights? The chapter demonstrates that, while national governments have chosen to Europeanize the issue of immigration primarily in order to foster and to enhance migration control, in doing so they have actually put constraints on their ability to regulate immigration, which in turn has led to an increase in the protection of immigrants’ rights.


Member State Immigration Policy Migration Policy Family Reunification Lisbon Treaty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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