Border Controls as a Dimension of the European Union's Counter-Terrorism Policy: A Critical Assessment

Sarah Léonard (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    This article critically examines the use and effectiveness of border controls in the European Union (EU)’s counter-terrorism policy. It shows that the EU has made substantial progress towards achieving the objectives that it had set for itself in this policy area, but has not managed to fulfil all of them, and certainly not by the deadlines originally set. It further argues that, contrary to their usual depiction in EU official documents, these border control measures make a limited contribution to the actual fight against terrorism, whilst having some negative effects. From that viewpoint, the fact that the EU has failed to meet all of its objectives in the use of border controls for counter-terrorist purposes may paradoxically be seen as a positive outcome.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)306-332
    Number of pages27
    JournalIntelligence and National Security
    Issue number2-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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