Not its own man: The EU, West African migration, and the justice question

TitleNot its own man: The EU, West African migration, and the justice question
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsA. Idrissa
EditorM. Ceccorulli, and E. Fassi
Secondary TitleThe EU’s external governance of migration perspectives of justice
Date Published2021
Place PublishedLondon
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number9780367893323
KeywordsEuropean Union, migration, West Africa

The chapter analyses the European Union (EU) as an entity uniquely tailored to be put to the test of the GLOBUS criterion of global justice. The policy measures it developed regarding West African policy and especially the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mali, Niger and Nigeria, are assessed in that regard. It is found that, while committing to the criterion’s principles of justice on paper, the EU’s measures overwhelmingly tended to violate them. Instead of recognizing the value of West Africans perspectives and objectives, it took measures that negated them in favour of expediency. This unjust outcome is shown to derive from the complex nature of the EU, which is a civilian, normative and derivative power. If its agency as a civilian and normative power does not inherently impair its commitment to principles of global justice, the restrictions it suffers as a derivative power strongly suggest that it cannot consistently uphold principles of justice.

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