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Does the EU-Turkey Migration Deal Represent a Model to be Replicated in Other Contexts?


The Global Turkey in Europe (GTE) project aims at establishing a platform to discuss and analyse the rapid transformation of Turkey in a European and global context. Launched by the Istituto Affari Internazionali, in collaboration with the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) and Stiftung Mercator in 2012, in its fourth year the Foundation for European Progress Studies (FEPS) joined the team. In this phase, the project focuses on the refugee crisis and its impact on EU-Turkey relations, as well as on the EU’s migration and asylum policies. The third of a series of workshops on the issue took place in Catania (Sicily) to explore the EU-Turkey deal, questioning whether it could be a model to be replicated in other contexts, in particular concerning the Central Mediterranean route.

Report from the field trip and seminar held in Catania on 15-16 November 2016 and organized by Stiftung Mercator, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Istanbul Policy Center (IPC), and Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) within the framework of the project “Turkey, Europe and the World: Political, Economic and Foreign Policy Dimensions of Turkey’s Evolving Relationship with the EU” (Global Turkey in Europe).

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