Construction of Migration Policies in the Eastern Neighbourhood of the European Union

Shushanik Makaryan

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This paper focuses on the construction of migration policies in the EU neighbourhood. While realist accounts insist that nation-states are rational actors and policies are based on their needs and interest-based calculations, the constructivist arguments, promoted by World Society theory, emphasize the impact of global political culture on shaping policies of social entities. On the example of migration policy-making in the EU neighbourhood post-Soviet states I argue that migration policies are highly standardized despite diverging geopolitical interests of these nation-states. Population control migration models are promoted under the global cultural theme of economic progress and are highly individual-centred in content, regardless of emigration or immigration concerns of nation-states, their power dynamics and economic standing. These scripted purposes for policy adoption diffuse regardless of imposed conditionality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-237
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Contemporary European Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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