The Integration Of The European Union

1611 Words Nov 27th, 2015 7 Pages
The European Union [hereinafter referred to as the EU] has sought to establish a uniform citizenship regime that both acknowledges and respects the demands of its Member States. The task of creating uniformity has been complicated by the seemingly divergent legal, political and social norms that exist within the borders of its constituting States. Combined, these conflicting positions have created an environment whereby integration through citizenship into the EU as a collective, and its Member States, lacks in both substantive and material value. Together, the existing legal and social norms of this collective has produced a complicated web that prohibits, albeit not necessarily intentionally, the integration of migrants who are seeking to establish themselves within European culture. For migrants who may lack the necessary resources, economic or other, there exists the potential to face prohibitive regimes that deny, or, provide limited access to resources that would assist in the integration process. Asylum seekers and refugees are often on the frontlines when it comes to navigating through the complicated realities created by the EU and its Member States. As such, asylum seekers and refugees are often put into a position where their displacement serves as the foundation for the continuance of displacement; whether that be legal, political or social. The goal of this paper is to provide insight into how and why asylum seekers and refugees encounter difficulties…
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