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Title: Is securitizing migration a mandatory choice? Lessons from the EU and China
Authors: Chou, Meng-Hsuan
van Dongen, Els
Koff, Harlan
Keywords: Humanities::History
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Source: Chou, M.-H., van Dongen, E., & Koff, H. (2016). Is securitizing migration a mandatory choice? Lessons from the EU and China. In E. J. Kirchner, T. Christiansen, & H. Dorussen (Eds.), Security Relations between China and The European Union: From Convergence to Cooperation? (pp. 209-229). doi:10.1017/CBO9781316563243.012
Abstract: The correlation between migration and security is still prominent more than a decade after the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001. While significant political authorities such as those in China and the EU have approached these issues from different perspectives, for European countries, having a strong and credible external border is crucial for the integration project. EU external migration practice has thus focused on keeping migrants out. This remains a defining feature of the EU's cooperation with neighboring countries (through the European Neighbourhood Policy) and key transit/source countries (through EU mobility partnerships) (Lavenex 2006). In China, internal movement has been of utmost concern as it involves some 236 million people (approximately 31.8 percent of the EU's total population) (CNBS 2013). Internal migration regulation in China has been viewed through the security lens because it is a question of social stability relating to urban–rural relations and the reduction of economic disparity that has characterized the period of economic reforms since 1978. By contrast, China's external migration control has been approached from the development angle as part of its shifting economic priorities and efforts at integrating the country into the global economy. Unlike the EU, China does not rely on external partners for migration regulation, and this has significant implications for future EU–China security cooperation on migration. In this chapter, EU and Chinese policies concerning migration, security and development are compared and contrasted to reveal their divergent approaches. EU migration strategies are shown to derive largely from a framework of border security, while Chinese migration policies have developed out of economic necessities. By outlining these differences, we ask: is it misplaced to focus on security when considering potential migration policy cooperation between the EU and China? The conclusion proposes ways forward.
ISBN: 978-1-10-714903-8
DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781316563243.012
Rights: © 2016 Cambridge University Press. All rights reserved. This book is made available with permission of Cambridge University Press.
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