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Mahama Tawat is research associate at the Malmö Institute for the Study of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University. His research currently focus on the migration dialogue by the EU and  the African Union and the immigrant cultural policies of Nordic countries. His research has been published in journals such as Governance and the International Journal of Cultural Policy. 


Five years ago, as the “refugee crisis” unfolded, the EU signed deals respectively with Turkey and the African Union to stem the flow of asylum seekers. While the Turkish deal has been credited with turning the situation around, little comparatively has been said about the impact of the African deal, the Joint Valletta Action Plan (JVAP).

Using policy narrative analysis and policy effects frameworks, this presentation will pinpoint the content of the Agreement, the motivations of the parties and the results achieved so far. It will argue that the deal, embodied in the concept of “shared responsibility”, amounts in theoretical terms to “complex interdependence”. That is, the acknowledgement by each party of the other’s interests and their dependence on one another for their attainment (cooperation). The measures taken namely the EU Emergency Trust Fund have exerted “effects”. However, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to unravel these achievements.

The seminar will be held in English and online.

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