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Multilayered Migration Governance: the partnership approach in the EU and beyond (Draft)



The notion of "partnership" has come to replace the traditional focus on unilateral measures and limited bilateral agreements in the migration governance discourse. Migration or mobility partnerships are now introduced in bilateral relations between destination and sending countries of migrants, between the EU and third countries, and in Regional Consultation Processes. This paper scrutinizes the implications of the "partnership turn" in international migration governance and analyses these informal governance arrangements in three respects: a) their contribution to the broader framework of international migration governance b) the understanding of international cooperation conveyed through the notion of "partnership" and c) their relevance in terms of regulating states’ approach to population flows.