Tuesday 23 October 2007, by Centre for European Policy Studies
29 October 2007
Centre for European Policy Studies, CEPS
Place du Congrès 1, 1000, Brussels, Belgium
The EU’s common immigration policy has been the focus of substantial activity over the past six months. The context and framework of movement of third country nationals into and out of the EU for employment purposes is undergoing an important transformation which encompasses three key dimensions: the role of employers in the regulation of migration - the Commission’s proposal for a directive on employers sanctions in respect of irregularly staying third country nationals; the Commission’s policy proposal on circular migration agreements with third countries; and readmission agreements with countries of origin of third country nationals irregularly staying in the EU. All three dimensions engage the issue of security and its meaning and context for EU citizens and third country nationals.
In this workshop we will address the three key themes with specific emphasis on the relationship of immigration status with the social construction of threat in an increasingly harmonised EU policy sphere. The key questions which will be developed are - what are the new policy proposals in the field and how do they fit together? How are these policy proposals linked to the threats they seek to address? What are the implications and consequences of the policy choices which are being made - e.g. the use of criminal law in the area, the role of the private sector, etc.
This workshop will provide a unique opportunity for policy makers, social partners, civil society actors and academics to exchange views on this critical aspect of EU policy and to test and develop the thinking in the field. This event is co-organised by the COST Action A24 « The Evolving Social Construction of Threats», and CHALLENGE « The Changing Landscape of European Liberty and Security», a research project funded by DG Research, European Commission.
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