The immigration policy of the European Union, concerning the control and management of migration flows, can be approached from multiple perspectives. Of these three seem to me particularly interesting. Firstly, the economic dimension, which sits on the reduction of the immigrant to the figure of worker, according to the conditions and protection of the Community market for employment. Secondly, the defensive orientation that emphasizes the requirement of shielding the borders before interpretation of immigration from a vision of security and public order. Finally, the social focus, which affects the so-called European homogeneity that is referenced in the articulation of this policy and the need for integration of immigrants. These three keys provide us with essential aspects for understanding, analyzing and questioning the complex reality of migration towards Europe and the blinding treatment of them.


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Ángeles Solanes Corella. Study Group on citizenship, immigration and minorities. University of Valencia.