Lowering the Refugee Death Toll: An extent to which the EU failed in the EU Turkey Joint Action Plan Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Gaillard, Lauren
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • In this research I aim to unravel to what extent the EU has failed under the EU Turkey Agreement (JAP) to rightly lower the refugee death toll. I examine how the EU acts in its own self-interest, noting that saving the lives of refugees legally and illegally crossing its borders from the Eastern Mediterranean route is a contested moral, individual and institutional issue. There is an abstract and normative political responsibility the EU must uphold as an institution. Under Neo-institutionalism and the normative aims of R2P and the 1951 Geneva Convention I conclude that the EU in the EU Turkey deal superficially upholds its responsibility to lower the refugee death toll by fulfilling its duties under this policy for its political advantage. The failure is that the EU circumvents fixing the root causes of the issue by rerouting and increasing the death toll of refugees to the Central Mediterranean route.
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  • Moroff, Holger
  • Vachudová, Milada Anna
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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