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Publication by Research Fellow of ELIAMEP, Dr Ruby Gropas as part of the TGAE report

Research Fellow at ELIAMEP, Dr Ruby Gropas published a policy paper entitled: ‘The Migration-Development Nexus: Time for a Paradigm Shift’ as part of the Think Global – Act European (TGAE) report. As the analysis explores, the EU has long endorsed international discourse on migration as a ‘tool’ for development that aims at harnessing remittances and diasporas to maximise their positive impacts on development and poverty reduction. At the same time however, the external dimension of the EU’s migration policy has essentially been framed by a securitarian approach and a move towards minimum standards on internationally codified human-rights, especially regarding family reunification. The changing global environment and the EU’s radically changed neighbourhood have made it amply clear that this approach needs to be adapted to the new realities. The division of competencies between the Community and the Member States on migration issues does not allow the EU to deliver on the declared pledge for a coherent and comprehensive approach to development and migration. It is time for a paradigm shift that will reshuffle priorities to make room for a rights-based, and not only a security-based, approach to migration, and one that will sit more comfortably on the migration-development nexus.

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