Returning and deporting irregular migrants : not a solution to the 'refugee crisis'
Title: Returning and deporting irregular migrants : not a solution to the 'refugee crisis'
Author: DEBONO, Daniela
Citation: Human geography, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 101-112
External link: https://hugeog.com/returning-and-deporting-irregular-migrants-not-a-solution-to-the-refugee-crisis/
This article questions whether the presentation of the return and deportation of irregular migrants as a solution to the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ is ethical. Legally, the return of irregular migrants may be a legitimate activity by the state, but the current pressure by the European Commission on member-states to increase the current 40 percent rate of effective returns can lead them to operate returns below minimal human rights standards in a bid to increase the rate. Detailed knowledge of the impact of returns – including deportation from and to different countries – on migrants’ welfare and human rights is scarce. Based on studies on returns from EU member-states to different countries, I make three arguments. First, due to the complexity of the return process, statistics need to be unpacked better. Second, there are key conceptual problems underpinning current EU returns policy. Third, research strongly indicates that returns can render people vulnerable. In the absence of in-depth knowledge on the effects of return on migrants, I conclude with an appeal for returns to be treated with caution and their linking to the refugee crisis to be avoided.
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