With the enlargement of the European Union (EU), Poland and Slovakia have become crucial border areas at the eastern edge of EU. This has important implications for the EU’s immigration policy. Both countries have been traditionally known as countries of emigration. In recent times, however, they have increasingly become transit and target countries for immigrants and asylum seekers. The EU has exerted pressure on both countries to tighten their borders in order to fight illegal immigration; they have also been urged to restrict their entry conditions and increasingly consolidate their asylum systems. This article shows that in adopting new immigration and asylum policies these countries have mainly responded to EU interests and less to interests linked to domestic issues.
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Research Article| March 01 2005
EU enlargement and immigration policy in Poland and Slovakia
Peter Vermeersch *
Department of Political Science, Institute for International and European Policy, University of Leuven (KU Leuven), E. Van Evenstraat 2B, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
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Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2005) 38 (1): 71–88.
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Peter Vermeersch; EU enlargement and immigration policy in Poland and Slovakia. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 March 2005; 38 (1): 71–88. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2005.01.006
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