As intra-European tensions on migration policy rage on, more attention should be devoted to the long-term consequences of the EU’s actions in Africa. The security-driven approach underpinning European responses to the current migration phenomenon could have more lasting effects than expected, undermining development cooperation while running counter to traditional EU approaches in Africa.
A major casualty of this approach is policy coherence within the EU itself. The EU’s efforts to externalize the migration burden and enhance border security in key origin and transit countries may well put the future of regional integration in Africa in danger.
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