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Do We Need an International Regime for Migration?

In: Labor Mobility and the World Economy


  • Stefania Pasquetti

    (Directorate General Justice and Home Affairs, European Commission)


The extent of labour migration is overwhelming and cross-border flows of people have been constantly growing during the past decades, so that in 2000 there were 175 million international migrants. Nowadays, more and more countries are involved with migration, either as origin, destination or transit countries, or all of these simultaneously. Migration is an international phenomenon that requires multilateral, rather than unilateral, action among all concerned states. The European Union is developing a unique regional model with respect to mobility of EU citizens working and residing in another EU member state, as well as with respect to immigration and asylum policies, including a new approach to integration of third-country citizens. This paper will focus mainly on the achievements of the EU migration policy on legal migration and on cooperation with the countries of origin. This paper will also try to explain why the Commission is convinced that a more efficient management of legal migration flows, in particular labour migration, is necessary and cannot be done exclusively at national level, but requires a coordinated strategy and common rules. It will also analyse the reasons why the development of an EU legal migration policy has so far been so limited, and try to discuss the future of such policies at the end of the five-year Tampere agenda.

Suggested Citation

  • Stefania Pasquetti, 2006. "Do We Need an International Regime for Migration?," Springer Books, in: Rolf J. Langhammer & Federico Foders (ed.), Labor Mobility and the World Economy, pages 209-224, Springer.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:sprchp:978-3-540-31045-7_14
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-31045-7_14

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