Is the EU Losing its Legitimacy and Role as a Promoter of Human Rights?

In this podcast, Professor Michelle Pace takes a look at the EU Turkey deal signed in march 2016 and its impact for especially refugee children.

Professor Pace highlights how some have argued that the deal is responsible for a rapid degradation in the conditions for refugees all over Europe, where a big part of the refugees are minors (a third of the 200,000 refugees coming to Italy, Spain and Greece in the first five months of 2016 were under 18 years old) and that children therefore are particularly affected.


“What we do not want is to see Europe turing its back to its dark age, when certain selected groups of human beings were excluded to join their rights as human and thereby plunged the continent back to some if its darkest hours” said Pace.

Spyros Sofos, researcher at Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, was one of the discussants at the lecture.

About Michelle Pace
Michelle Pace is Professor MSO at Roskilde University (RUC) in Denmark within The External Relations of the European Union with special emphasis on relations with the Middle East. She was recently awarded an Horizon 2020 EU project, entitled Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets in which RUC will be one of the main partners. This project is most likely to commence on 1 February 2018 and will be running for three years. Amongst her most recent relevant publications to this lecture and podcast is her co-authored article (with Ali Bilgic) entitled The European Union and Refugees. A Struggle over the Fate of Europe which was published in the journal Global Affairs 2017. Michelle Pace is also Honorary Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham in the UK and is also co-editor of the peer reviewed journal Mediterranean Politics.

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