EPRS Strategy By / April 24, 2015

The EU’s migration challenge [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski At a special European Council meeting convened on 23 April after up to 900 migrants drowned…

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Written by Marcin Grajewski

At a special European Council meeting convened on 23 April after up to 900 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe from Africa, EU heads of state and government agreed to increase funding for immigration and asylum policies and strengthen EU presence at sea to prevent further loss of life. The leaders said in a statement that the EU member states would fight trafficking of immigrants and reinforce internal solidarity in tackling the problem.

Think tanks have long urged the bloc to be bolder in tackling the problem. This note offers links to recent commentaries, studies and reports on the topic from major international think tanks and research institutes. Some background material from the European Parliamentary Research Service is available here.


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Dead in the water: Fixing the EU’s failed approach to Mediterranean migrants
Centre for European Reform, April 23, 2015

Migrants challenge Europe’s comfort Zone
Carnegie Europe, April 23, 2015

What priorities for the new European agenda on migration?
Centre for European Policy Studies, April 22, 2015

The first 100 days of the New Frontex Director
Clingendael, January 23, 2015

Response to immigration crisis in Mediterranean (European foreign policy scorecard)
European Council on Foreign Relations, January, 2015

Why Europe needs to make immigration easier
Friends of Europe, October 9, 2014

Are Europe’s migration funds adequate to meet growing challenges?
Institut Francais des Relations Internationales, September 8, 2014

Mare Europaeum? Tackling Mediterranean migration
Institute for Security Studies, September 4, 2014


Emergenza Mediterraneo e migrazioni: come può rispondere l’Europa?
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionali, April 20, 2015

Creating a common European future: integration of young migrants in Europe
European Policy Centre, April 13, 2015

The development of EU Policy on immigration and asylum: rethinking coordination and leadership
Migration Policy Institute, March, 2015

The criminalisation of irregular migration in the European Union
Centre for European Policy Studies, February 2015

Understanding transnational dynamics in European immigrant integration policy
Migration Policy Institute, February, 2015

European Union and the geopolitics of migration
Swedish Institute of International Affairs, February, 2015

Three challenges for tomorrow’s EU migration policy: fairness, mobility and narratives
Egmont, January 28, 2015

Whose mare? Rule of law challenges in the field of European border surveillance in the Mediterranean
Centre for European Policy Studies, January 27, 2015

New approaches, alternative avenues and means of access to asylum procedures for persons seeking international protection
Centre for European Policy Studies, January 9, 2015

Integrating EU defence and migration policies in the Mediterranean
Fride, November 12, 2014

EU migration policy – new realities, new opportunities
European Policy Centre, October 1, 2014

Related publications:

The crisis in North Africa. Implications for Europe and options for EU policymakers
Clingendael, April 3, 2015

Evolving patterns and impacts of migration: global societal trends to 2030
Rand Europe, February, 2015


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