EPRS Strategy By / August 2, 2021

Conference on the Future of Europe: Migration

How can asylum and migration in the EU be governed?

Conference on the Future of Europe: Migration

Written by Lena Hirschenberger.

The Conference on the Future of Europe’s aim is to debate how the EU should develop in the future and to give European citizens a voice in the process, announced Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her inaugural address.

People’s ideas will be collected on the Digital Platform, in European Citizens’ Panels and de-centralised conference events all over Europe. The Conference Plenary – comprised of representatives of the Citizens’ Panels, the Parliament, the Council, the Commission, national parliaments, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee, social partners and the European Youth Forum – will then discuss the ideas put forward. Launched in April 2021, the conference is expected to reach conclusions and provide guidance for the European institutions to follow up, by spring 2022.

The conference topics are divided into nine areas, with one additional ‘open’ area, reserved for out-of-the-box ideas. The topics are: ‘Climate change and the environment‘, ‘Health‘, ‘A stronger economy, social justice and jobs‘, ‘European Union in the world‘, ‘Values and rights, rule of law, security‘, ‘Digital transformation‘, ‘European democracy‘, ‘Migration‘, ‘Education, culture, youth and sport‘, and ‘Other ideas‘.

The ‘Migration’ conversation is all about finding a predictable, balanced and reliable system. But how? How can asylum and migration in the EU be governed? How do we manage the EU’s external borders, legal migration and integration? How can we deepen international cooperation on migration matters? 

To support the proceedings of the conference, our EPRS policy analysts have prepared research material, available here in reverse chronological order. The following list will continually be updated as the conference unfolds:

EPRS Policy Podcast: The external dimension of the new pact on migration and asylum
May 2021

Pushbacks at the EU’s external borders
Briefing by Anja Radjenovic, EPRS, March 2021

Common procedure for asylum
‘EU Legislation in progress’ briefing by Anita Orav, EPRS, March 2021

Recast Eurodac Regulation
‘EU Legislation in progress’ briefing by Anita Orav, EPRS, March 2021

Proposal for a crisis and force majeure regulation
‘EU Legislation in progress’ briefing by Nikolai Atanassov, EPRS, January 2021

Understanding EU action against migrant smuggling
Briefing by Katrien Luyten, EPRS, January 2021

Reforming asylum and migration management
‘EU Legislation in progress’ briefing by Anja Radjenovic, EPRS, October 2020

Screening of third-country nationals at the EU external borders
‘EU Legislation in progress’ briefing by Costica Dumbrava, EPRS, November 2020

Asylum procedures at the border
European Implementation Assessment by Wouter van Ballegooij and Katharina Eisele, EPRS, November 2020

Hotspots at EU external borders – State of play
Briefing by Katrien Luyten and Anita Orav with Eulalia Claros, EPRS, September 2020

The need for solidarity in asylum policy
‘At a glance’ note by Anja Radjenovic, EPRS, September 2020

The Return Directive 2008/115/EC
European Implementation Assessment by Katharina Eisele, EPRS, July 2020

Unaccompanied migrant children in Greece: New relocation scheme
Briefing by Ingeborg Odink, EPRS, May 2020

Tackling the coronavirus outbreak: Impact on asylum-seekers in the EU
Briefing by Anja Radjenovic, EPRS, April 2020

Solidarity in EU asylum policy
Briefing by Anja Radjenovic, EPRS, March 2020

Emergency measures on migration: Article 78(3) TFEU
‘At a glance’ note by Anja Radjenovic, EPRS, March 2020

Family reunification rights of refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection
Briefing by Anja Radjenovic, EPRS, February 2020

EPRS graphics on migration and refugees


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