The freedom of movement within the European Union has been heralded as a hallmark of successful integration and a privilege exclusively reserved to EU citizens. Alongside such advancement within the EU, there have also been extensive practices of external bordering that lead to the creation of a so-called ‘Fortress Europe.’
While extremely efficient and successful at first analysis, the increased cooperation between Member States in terms of border management and the harmonisation of policies and processes in regards to irregular migration and asylum seekers have concomitantly generated negative results. There are countless instances in which migrants’ basic human rights have been infringed upon and relegated to second order status when border security priorities have taken precedence.
Read more: http://www.europeanpublicaffairs.eu/high-tech-fortress-europe-frontex-and-the-dronization-of-border-management/[i] W. Armstrong & J. Anderson, eds., Geopolitics of European Union Enlargement The Fortress Empire (London and New York: Routledge, 2007).
[ii] H. Dijstelbloem and A. Meijer, Migration and the New Technological Borders of Europe (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).