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European Asylum Policy

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Growing impact of EU migration policy on development cooperation

The sudden substantial increase in the number of migrants in recent years has had a profound effect on the external relations dimension of European Union migration and asylum policy. Continue reading

Common procedure for asylum [EU Legislation in progress]

Written by Anita Orav (1st edition), As one of five key acts of the common European asylum system (CEAS), the Asylum Procedures Directive sets out common procedures for Member States for granting and withdrawing international protection in accordance with the Qualification Directive. Following the large influx of asylum-seekers to the European Union since 2014, the … Continue reading

European Union Agency for Asylum [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Costica Dumbrava (2nd edition), The European Asylum Support Office provides Members States with support in fulfilling their obligations under the Common European Asylum System. Since its establishment in 2010, the support office’s role has been progressively expanded in order to reflect changes in the EU’s legal framework on asylum and to respond to … Continue reading

Reform of the Dublin system [EU Legislation in Progress]

The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe has exposed the need for reform of the Common European Asylum System, in general, and of the Dublin rules, in particular. The Commission’s proposal of 4 May 2016 to reform the Dublin system does not change the existing criteria for determining which Member State is responsible for examining an asylum application. Continue reading

Safe countries of origin: Proposed common EU list [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Joanna Apap and Anita Orav (2nd edition) As part of the European Agenda on Migration, the Commission proposed a regulation on 9 September 2015 to establish a common EU list of safe countries of origin, initially comprising Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. The aim … Continue reading

Migration and asylum in the EU: animated infographic

Written by Anita Orav, Eva-Maria Poptcheva, Alessandro D’Alfonso and Mitja Brus, Graphics by Eulalia Claros, Christian Dietrich and Giulio Sabbati, In 2015, the unprecedented surge of migrant flows to the EU continued. The number of irregular border crossings detected in 2015 – 1.83 million – was six times higher than in 2014, already a record … Continue reading

The EU migratory challenge

Written by Piotr Bąkowski The European Union currently faces a massive surge in migration resulting from mixed flows of asylum-seekers and other migrants. As presented in our latest infographic on Recent migration flows to the EU, there has been a sharp rise in the number of illegal crossings of the EU’s external borders. Two previous … Continue reading

June 20, World Refugee Day

Written by Anita Orav People who flee their own country because of war, violence and extreme poverty rely on the solidarity of other countries. All EU Member States, as signatories to the Geneva Convention, are bound to respect their obligations towards people in need of international protection, especially with regard to the principle of non-refoulement. … Continue reading

Extraterritorial processing of asylum claims

The Agenda on Migration , published by the Commission on 13 May 2015, advocates a holistic approach which includes the establishment of a pilot multi-purpose centre in Niger by the end of the year. The centre will work with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UNHCR and the Niger authorities to provide information, local … Continue reading

EU migration policy: calls for holistic approach and closer international cooperation

Written by Anita Orav The European Union currently faces a surge in migration resulting from mixed flows of asylum-seekers and other migrants. In 2014, over 200 000 people illegally crossed the Mediterranean to reach the EU and the situation has become even more critical this year, especially considering the sharp rise in deaths at sea: 1 829 … Continue reading

Non-refoulement, push-backs and the EU response to irregular migration

Written by Susan Saliba Non-refoulement is a core principle of international refugee law. As a part of customary international law, it is binding on all States even if they are not parties to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol. Article 33(1) of the 1951 Geneva Convention provides that ‘No Contracting State shall expel or return … Continue reading

Irregular immigration in the EU: Facts and Figures

Written by Giulio Sabbati and Eva-Maria Poptcheva Irregular immigrants are third-country nationals who do not fulfil, or no longer fulfil, the conditions of entry as set out in Article 5 of the Schengen Borders Code or other conditions for entry, stay or residence in that Member State. In contrast, asylum-seekers are persons claiming international protection … Continue reading

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 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 … Continue reading

‘EU can and must do more’ – April II plenary session

Written by Clare Ferguson and Tessa Tumbrägel MEPs will head to Strasbourg for Parliament’s next plenary session, from 27 to 30 April, with plenty of legislative work on environmental, financial and socio-cultural concerns on the agenda. Uppermost on the EU agenda this month is the issue of asylum and irregular migration, as the crisis in the … Continue reading

Asylum and irregular immigration in the EU

Written by Eva Poptcheva The latest deaths in the Mediterranean have prompted calls from all political actors and stakeholders for action at EU level. The Common European Asylum System, completed in 2013, and the many pieces of legislation on irregular immigration at EU level, have not succeeded in stopping further tragedies in the Mediterranean. Criticism … Continue reading

Asylum procedures in the EU

The European Parliament (EP) receives numerous requests for intervention in application procedures for asylum, or assistance in case of difficulties related to refugee status.  In the EU, asylum may be granted to people fleeing persecution or serious harm in their own country. To guarantee high standards of protection for refugees, to ensure that the procedures … Continue reading

Asylum in the EU: Facts and Figures

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva, Susan Saliba and Giulio Sabbati Asylum is a form of international protection given by a state on its territory to someone who is threatened by persecution on grounds of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular group or political opinion in their country of origin or residence. In the EU, this consists of … Continue reading

EU legal framework on asylum and irregular immigration ‘on arrival’

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva With asylum-seekers and immigrants still dying off the shores of European Union Member States, EU asylum and migration policies are high on the political agenda. The newly completed Common European Asylum System and the many pieces of legislation on irregular immigration at EU level have not succeeded in stopping further tragedies … Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: AMIF, the EU Fund devoted to asylum and migration issues

Written by Alessandro D’Alfonso. In a context of increasing challenges in the policy area of home affairs, the European Parliament has, on many occasions, called for an integrated EU approach to migration, asylum and external borders, endowed with sufficient resources as well as appropriate tools to handle emergency situations. The Treaty on the Functioning of … Continue reading

Security to the fore – February plenary session

Written by Clare Ferguson Parliament’s next plenary session takes place from 9 to 12 February in Strasbourg. With little high-profile legislative work on the agenda, the session takes place before a backdrop of ongoing security concerns. The informal European Council meeting at the end of the week is likely to demonstrate how the EU’s leaders … Continue reading

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