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Human dignity in European Union’s migration policies


Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, İşletme Fakültesi, Uluslararası İlişkiler Bölümü, İzmir, Türkiye

Dynamics in Social Sciences and Humanities 2022; 3: 63-72
DOI: 10.5152/OJFHSS.2022.1049952
Read: 594 Downloads: 117 Published: 06 October 2022

The concept of human dignity has maintained its development starting from Ancient Greece and has become a universal value in time. This concept, which is a reference point of religious teachings and philosophical approaches, has become one of the basic values emphasized in international legal texts after the world wars and has also been included in legal texts developed at European level over time. In the 2000s, human rights violations caused by the phenomenon of immigration were witnessed. Accordingly, the international society has increased expectations from the European Union, which aims to be a global power, to make legal arrangements considering human dignity and put them into practice in order to end human rights violations. This paper analyses the scope of the concept of human dignity, which has become a universal juridical value, in the formulation and implementation of European Union's migration policies. The main purpose of the study is to include the concept of human dignity as an indispensable element of human rights within the discipline of international relations and to discuss the applicability of this concept within the framework of European Union policies. In the analysis, the concept of human dignity has been taken in an interdisciplinary method; the basic elements of human dignity within the literature have been applied. Finally, it was concluded that the supranational institutions of the European Union are in an effort to generate migration policies to protect human dignity, but a common policy at the Union level could not be developed due to the lack of solidarity between member states.

Cite this article as: Abka, S., & Ünalp-Çepel, Z. (2022). Human dignity in European Union’s migration policies. Oltu Journal of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 3(2), 63-72.

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