Circular migration from the Eastern neighbourhood to the EU. The rights of migration works in Bulgaria and Poland
PhD student: Mrs Z.D. Vankova
Promotors: Mrs Prof H.E.G.S. Schneider, M. Vink
Duration: 1/11/2014 - 31/10/2017
PhD defence: Maastricht, 27/6/2018
The research aim of this PhD research is to analyse the impact of the EU circular approach on the South South migration in Europe and Central Asia by looking at Bulgaria as a case study. Bulgaria is a new EU member state, slowly developing from sending through transit country to receiving state for South South migrants mainly from the EU Neighbourhood policy countries, states from the former Soviet Union and neighbouring countries from the Balkans. By employing a multilevel governance framework of analysis, the dissertation will explore the application of the EU circular migration approach and readmission in the Bulgarian law and practise, analyse whether Bulgarian migration policy leads to increased vulnerability of the South-South migrant and what is the role of the non-state actors in the formation of the state migration policy and the implementation of integration and return incentives. The starting point of the research project is the tension arising from Bulgarias effort to manage labour migration and ensure integration in line with European developments on one hand, and on the other the obligation to control the future external borders of the EU related to the application of the Schengen acquis and the use of the EU readmission agreements with the sending third countries. This research project has an interdisciplinary character and employs legal and policy analysis, and qualitative research methods.
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