In Search of the Parameters for a New Refugee Deal to Enhance EU-Turkey Cooperation in Border Management and Security

Sadık G. , Kaya C.

in: Revisiting European Security Challenges and Regions in Transition, Hatice Yazgan Sühal Şemşit, Editor, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, pp.23-41, 2020

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • City: Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Page Numbers: pp.23-41
  • Editors: Hatice Yazgan Sühal Şemşit, Editor


Ongoing transnational challenges emanating from Syrian war have demonstrated how interdependent is the security of the European Union (EU) with the one of Turkey. Mass refugee influx to both have further highlighted the ever more-timely need for EU-Turkey cooperation in border management and security. This study aims to identify the major obstacles in the previous cooperative attempts of Turkey and the EU in governing return and readmission processes and to shed light on the potential venues for EU-Turkey cooperation in border management and governance of refugee problem. The findings of this study suggest that the way the EU externalizes and securitizes its migration policies stands as the major obstacle in obtaining genuine EU-Turkey partnership and balanced burden-sharing which are of key importance for an effective and sustainable accord to the benefit of both parties. Taken together, these findings also strengthen the idea that the EU loses its credibility as of being normative power.

Keywords: Refugee-Crisis, Border management, EU-Turkey Cooperation, Securitization, Externalization