Egypt Institute Journal (Vol. 7- Issue 25) / studies
Securitization of illegal immigration in European Union Policies
The study aims to diagnose the European Union’s way of handling illegal immigration by adopting a purely security approach, based on awareness of the threats and security risks that this phenomenon may create on the security of European countries and societies at all levels, which prompted the EU member states to criminalize the phenomenon, relying on repressive police measures and mechanisms to limit infiltration of illegal immigrants into European lands. Instead of addressing the phenomenon as an issue related to employment and economy, within the EU lower policies, viewing the phenomenon from a security perspective prompted the European Union to adopt higher policies to face it.