The Union for the Mediterranean was designed to be a multifaceted project, the intention of which was to create a framework to manage both bilateral and regional relations among the nations of the Mediterranean. It is based upon the principles of joint ownership, dialogue and cooperation. It seeks to develop the region by focusing on â Political and Security Partnershipâ , â Sustainable Socio-Economic Development and Reformâ , â Educational and Socio-Cultural Exchangesâ , and â Migration, Social Integration, Justice and Securityâ . It is also meant to apply many of the principles of the EU to a different set of nations. In this regard, the Union for the Mediterranean seems to be a comprehensive and very important project for the region as a whole. However, in spite of the fact that the project covers many areas, seeks to solve important problems, and focuses on clear objectives, it has remained plagued with various problems. Many of these problems derive from the incompatibility of the Union's liberal assumptions, with such core realist issues such as security and territorial sovereignty. This has reduced the prospects for the Union for the Mediterranean to successfully become the multilateral support structure originally envisioned and that would provide the basis for comprehensive economic, political, social, security, educational and cultural cooperation. Within this context, this thesis will analyze the relationship between migration, integration and security in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and it will argue that due to the late inclusion of these aspects into the â Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean' the project has not led to significant regional improvements yet.


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

First Advisor

Hibbard, Scott

Committee Member 1

Kazziha, Walid

Committee Member 2

Edwards, Jill

Document Type



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