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4 December 2006
This policy brief presents and critically discusses the content of the Common Consular Instructions (CCI). In this context, the aim of the paper is therefore to offer an analysis of CCI which covers a broad range of aspects, including their operability, their coherence, as well as the technical, legal and political problems they raise. The policy brief then proceeds to address three main sets of questions: What are the technical issues related to the CCI? What are the legal problems related to CCI? What are the political problems related to CCI? Throughout, a particular emphasis is put on the proposed amendments of CCI and their potential impact on individual rights.
13 June 2006
Polish policy versus foreigners underwent serious, deep-reaching changes over the last fifteen years. From the country of strict emigration policy, closing in its citizens within the State territory, Poland moved to the other pole of the universe - to an immigration policy aiming at closing out the unwanted individuals. After the euphoria of 1989, with the borders finally open to the Polish citizens but also to foreigners, the myth of Openness towards the outside world, so cherished among the liberated Poles, deteriorated gradually, being replaced by fears and insecurity related to specific parts of the outside world. In this paper I will try to demonstrate the limits of this change.
7 November 2005
The development of immigration policy in Poland has been always treated as an expression of the coercive nature of the Associated, and later on Candidate, State’s relations with the EU. Main issues raised in this perspective are the imposed asylum policy that transformed Poland into a buffer zone of the Schengen area, or the reluctance with which Polish government introduced visa policy in regards of Ukraine and Belarus. One aspect of these changes however is missing - the possibility of actual modification of the system of beliefs. The fact that a restrictive policy versus foreigners emerged in the country of very low immigration levels, only slightly exceeding 0.1% of total population, cannot be explained by domestic processes.