MIGNEX Background Paper

Examination of internal incoherence in European policies in the field of migration

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This paper examines policy documents and policy communication from the EU and Member States in the broad field of migration in order to identify internal incoherence. Drafted a decade apart, the 2011 Global Approach to Migration and Mobility and the 2020 New Pact on Migration and Asylum demonstrate a clear shift in European migration policy. How has the concept of policy (in)coherence played a part in this, and have its meaning and aims changed over time?