MINELRES: EUMAP: New Call for Papers, Online Articles, Projects

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Thu May 13 16:08:00 2004

Original sender: Alphia Abdikeeva <AAbdikeeva@osi.hu> 

1. NEW EUMAP CALL FOR PAPERS: Migration Issues in Europe (due 20 June). 

2. NEW ARTICLES ONLINE AT EUMAP.ORG: Enlargement Day (published 1 May) 




Freedom of movement is one of the fundamental principles upon which the
European Union (Community) was once founded. The recent and
unprecedented EU enlargement was, however, accompanied by a chain
reaction of restrictions introduced by the EU15 to curb prospective
migration from the new member States. 

These restrictions would appear to fit into a general tendency across
the EU to limit immigration. Workers, particularly from third countries,
often feel just as unwelcome as refugees, whose rights have been
continuously reduced in many EU member States. 

Restrictions take place despite a widespread recognition that Europe
needs to import foreign labour in the face of gloomy demographic
forecasts, in the face of ageing populations and low birth-rates, and
prospects of a collapsing social security system. Europe appears caught
up in its own dilemma: Europe needs migrants, Europe fears migration.

Eumap.org is seeking articles and opinion pieces on the most topical and
important migration issues in Europe. We invite papers on the general
topic of freedom of movement and migration in Europe, which touch on law
and practice (at the international, EU or individual State levels) or on
specific issues and problems in the EU and its member States.
Comparative analyses and examples of concrete positive practices are
particularly welcome. The papers could address one of the five following
suggested topics:

Migration: pros and cons? What are the main arguments cited in favour
and against restricting or liberalising migration - whether from other
EU member States or from third countries - for the EU as a whole, or for
any given EU country? Which of these arguments appear valid and which
flawed? What are the concrete implications for migration, for migrants
and for the “target countries”? What could be recommended?

Social Europe: “old” versus “new”. On 1 May 2004 State borders, far from
disappearing, have been reasserted. Most of the EU15 have adopted
restrictions on freedom of movement from the new EU member States, some
of which have imposed or are considering adopting reciprocal
restrictions. Could the burden of so many new (and poorer) EU citizens
strain the “European social model” to its limit? Or are the movement
restrictions themselves capable of undermining this model? Is the Union
betraying its own core principles in limiting freedom of movement for EU

The EU and migration issues. What is the current status of migration
rules across the EU and in member countries (principles, practices,
prospects)? The focus here could be on any one specific migration area,
such as EU citizenship rights; common EU asylum policy; or the rights of
long-term residents from third countries.

What place for refugees in the EU? Protection of refugees was once named
“civilisation’s response to barbarism”. To what extent is this principle
at the heart of the current refugee policy of the EU and its member
States? To what extent do member States tap into and explore the
potential that refugees can provide in terms of labour force, social
diversity and other benefits to the host society?

Civil society and migration issues. What is the role of civil society
and the media, if any, in the development of national and supra-national
rules and policies on migration and the subsequent integration of
migrants and refugees in the EU and its member States?

Quality papers will be featured on the Program’s website (www.eumap.org)
with the intention of framing and encouraging debate on this issue.
Papers in English should be between 1,500-2,000 words. Accepted authors
will receive an honorarium of EUR 200. 

Papers should be submitted by 20 June 2004. Please send papers to:
submissions@eumap.org. Contact person: Alphia Abdikeeva

Eumap.org editorial policy and an archive of featured articles are
available online at: http://www.eumap.org/articles




The accession day is a big day for the OSI's EU Monitoring and Advocacy
Program! EUMAP was created in 2000 to monitor the impact of the EU
accession process on human rights and rule of law issues in Europe. Past
EUMAP monitoring has focused in particular on the ten CEE accession
countries. At the same time, however, EUMAP's recommendations
consistently emphasised that in order to be genuine and effective, human
rights standards (and the monitoring of these standards) must be applied
to all countries equally; current EU members as well as future ones.
EUMAP has taken up its own recommendations and will continue to monitor
selected issues both in EU member States (new and old) and in countries
at all stages of the EU accession process.

On the 1st May, the decade-long process of EU accession for the eight
CEE countries finally comes to an end. However, amid all the hopes,
fears and expectations on all sides at this time, one question is
looming - what next? Have all the problematic issues been resolved, or
even identified, prior to enlargement? Will the enlarged EU be able to
truly function effectively as a single entity? Most importantly, what
lessons should candidate and prospective candidate countries, as well as
current members and EU institutions, take away from this largest phase
of enlargement in the history of the EU?

To mark this historic moment, Eumap.org is pleased to announce new
articles focusing on the future Europe beyond enlargement.

(i) Legal Indicators for Social Inclusion of New Minorities Generated by
Immigration - by John Packer 
"On 1 May 2004 Europe (at least those fortunate to have made it in the
Union) will rejoice. This is an occasion worthy of celebration and well
deserved by all those whose efforts have contributed to its realisation
so far. But, like any political project, it is only as good as what is
delivers each day and, in this respect, how it is viewed by its
constituents. In fact, the European project is unfinished and on-going."

Full text: http://www.eumap.org/articles/content/98/984 
(ii) The Enlarged European Home Needs Enhanced Networks of Watchdogs -
by Dr. Ryszard Skrzypiec 
"This paper attempts to show, on the example of Poland, that the
enlarged European Union needs strategies for supporting local civil
society "watchdogs" currently grappling with multiple problems in the
new EU member States."

Full text: http://www.eumap.org/articles/content/98/983 
(iii) Unification via Diversification: What does it mean to be "united
in diversity" - by Gabriel N. Toggenburg 
"The first of May stands for an enormous "more". Ten more EU member
States, 75 million more EU citizens, and the Union's physical size is
extended by 738,000 square kilometres. But enlargement does not result
in "more of the same". Quite to the contrary - Eastern enlargement is a
process of diversification."

Full text: http://www.eumap.org/articles/content/98/982 


Eumap.org is an online centre for comprehensive resources, news, and
analyses, committed to delivering information on, and generating debate
about, human rights and the rule of law in Europe. EUMAP.ORG is the
website of the Open Society Institute's EU Monitoring and Advocacy
Program. To find out more about the Program click here:

EUMAP has published reports on: 

- Minority Protection (in the five largest EU members and ten candidate
- Corruption and Anti Corruption Policy 
- Judicial Independence and Capacity 
- Equal Opportunities for Men and Women (in cooperation with OSI's
Network Women's Program/NWP) 

EUMAP reports are available here: http://www.eumap.org/reports. 

Currently EUMAP has started the following new monitoring projects: 
- Access to Education and Employment for People with Intellectual
Disabilities (in cooperation with OSI's Mental Disability Advocacy

- Broadcasting Regulation and Media Independence (in cooperation with
OSI's Network Media Program/NMP) 
- Minority Protection (a series of four policy papers on the situation
of Muslims in the UK: on Education, Equality and Discrimination, Access
to Justice, and Employment)

To contact EUMAP or receive further information on our activities,
please send us an email at eumap@osi.hu