Migration in Europe: Challenges To Citizenship
The world's population is currently six billion, 80 per cent of whom live in developing areas, and 50 per cent live under the absolute poverty line. Available forecasts indicate that soon 90 per cent of all population growth will take place in these same developing areas where today 80 per cent of the world population is already concentrated. The political answer of Europe from the 1980s onwards to the demographic unbalances of the world and to the movements of escape from violence from developing regions has been an increasing closure of its borders to the inflow of economic migrants and an extreme reluctance to take in refugees and asylum seekers. In this work I will discuss the European migratory experience and its current migratory situation. I will attribute the current situation to a marked rupture between immigrants' and refugees' individual rights and European collective interests.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2002-07-01
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