Readmission, Visa Policy and the “Return Sponsorship” Puzzle in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum

Something anchored in the past may account for the recent proposal of the European Commission to link the EU’s visa policy with third countries’ degree of cooperation on readmission. What do we know about this linkage? And what lies behind the unprecedented introduction of “return sponsorships”? The latter may raise a host of concerns in terms of competence and relevance which are analysed in this study.