Odysseus member Neza Kogovsek Salamon has published a new article on ‘The Role of the Conditionality of EU Membership in Migrant Criminalization in the Western Balkans.
The Role of the Conditionality of EU Membership in Migrant Criminalizationin the Western Balkans
The EU’s responses to migration challenges exceed the territory of its memberstates. Through externalization of border control they spill over into the countries ofthe Western Balkans (WB), which is crossed by one of the most important migrationroutes from the Middle East and Africa to the EU. While the WB countries show indif -ference towards migrants and consider them an “EU problem”, the latter conditionsEuropean integration with the establishment of migration management structuressimilar to those in the EU. The transposition of the EU acquis also increases the crim-inalization of migrants, which highlights the problematic role of the EU and nationallegislators in WB in relation to the fundamental rights of migrants.
KEY WORDS: migration, detention, migrant criminalization, European Union,Western Balkans