The EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities and the Egyptian Migration State

Tsourapas, G. (2020) The EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities and the Egyptian Migration State. Working Paper. MAGYC.

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The management of cross-border mobility has been a key component of the evolving relationship between Egypt and the European Union that culminated in the 2017 EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities 2017-20. This working paper compares the EU’s pre- and post- migration crisis response via a historical and political contextualisation of EU-Egypt relations going back to the 1977 EC-Egypt Cooperation Agreement. It pays particular attention to the transformation and evolution of EU cooperation instruments vis-à-vis Egypt – a pivotal migration state throughout its history. The paper also highlights the complexity of migration flows that the Southern Mediterranean country has managed – from labour emigration and immigration to transit and forced migration. It examines the extent to which these complexities are mirrored in Egyptian migration diplomacy, and how they were linked to other policy goals, including trade and energy. The paper posits that the post-2011 refugee and migration crisis across the Mediterranean has been a driving force behind closer European cooperation with Egypt’s military regime and, arguably, will continue to shape the country’s relationship with Europe in the years to come.

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Working Paper)
Keywords:Egypt, EU-Egypt relations, Brussels.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tsourapas, Professor Gerasimos
Authors: Tsourapas, G.
Subjects:J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
MAGYC – Migration Governance and Asylum CrisesEuropean Commission, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation ProgrammeGrant Agreement 822806