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Recent migration flows to the EU

This infographic aims to present the latest available data on migrant flows to the EU in the years 2016 and 2017. It covers the detection of illegal crossings on the EU’s external borders, numbers of deaths of migrants on those crossings, the number of asylum applications in EU Member States and their decisions on those applications. Continue reading

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

Recast Eurodac Regulation [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Anita Orav (2nd edition), Eurodac is a biometric database in which Member States are required to enter the fingerprint data of asylum-seekers in order to identify where they entered the EU. Established in 2000 and reviewed in 2013, its main purpose is to facilitate the application of the Dublin Regulation. The 2013 revision … 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

12 Graphs: Nine numbers on migration

Written by Clare Ferguson, €9.26 billion – this represents the overall funding available within the European Union budget to tackle the migration crisis during the period from 2014 to 2020. People seeking asylum in the EU (that is, international protection against risk of persecution at home) must present evidence of their case. Because many recent migrants … Continue reading

Vulnerability of unaccompanied and separated child migrants

Written by Joanna Apap, The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has estimated that in 2015, there were globally no fewer than 100 000 unaccompanied migrant and refugee children. Europol has stated that at least 10 000 unaccompanied child refugees have gone missing after arriving in Europe. There are various reasons why a child may be … Continue reading

Cohesion policy and the integration of migrants in urban areas

Written by Christiaan van Lierop, With migration largely an urban reality, the successful integration of migrants in our towns and cities is of key importance if Europe is to find a long-term solution to the migrant question. The EU’s cohesion policy can provide support for countries in this area through investments under the European Social … Continue reading

European travel document for illegally staying migrants [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Anja Radjenovic, In 2014, EU Member States issued almost half a million return decisions to migrants who have no right to enter or stay on the EU territory. However, only 40% of irregularly staying migrants were actually returned to a non-EU country. Lack of valid travel documents for returnees is one of the … Continue reading

European Border and Coast Guard Agency [Plenary Podcast]

Written by Alexandra Gatto, A proposed regulation establishing a European Border and Coast Guard Agency (the Agency) is expected to be submitted to the European Parliament for a vote at first reading during the July plenary, and subsequently to the Council for adoption. The text agreed in trilogue negotiations between the two institutions expands the … Continue reading

World Refugee Day: Gender-sensitivity is called for in Asylum and Refugees Policies

Written by Joanna Apap, 20th June 2016 is the World’s Refugee Day. Women refugees have topped the agenda for the European Parliament this year. Parliament has addressed extensively the issue of the need of greater gender-sensitivity in asylum policies and procedures. In 2016, the world is experiencing an unprecedented climax in the mass movement of … Continue reading

The Establishment of an EU Entry/Exit System

Written by Hubert Dalli, This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment (IA) accompanying the above Commission proposals, submitted on 6 April 2016 and referred to Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Between 2002 and 2011 the European Commission issued a … Continue reading

World Humanitarian Summit – Wanted: Humanity

Written by Clare Ferguson and Marta Latek, Whether the situation in Turkey was a factor in the choice of venue for the first ever United Nations World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016, is unconfirmed. According to the European Commission, however, with some 3.1 million refugees on its territory, the country is currently the largest host of … 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

Outcome of informal European Council of 7 March 2016 and the informal meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government with Turkey

Written by Ralf Drachenberg, The informal European Council of 7 March 2016 focused on migration, assessing the state of implementation of previously agreed measures. EU leaders stressed the need to fully apply the Schengen Borders Code, thereby ending the ‘wave-through’ policy for migrants, providing humanitarian assistance to Greece and moving forward in the EU’s cooperation … Continue reading

Europe’s migration crisis [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, The current migration crisis threatens to turn into a humanitarian one, with the build-up of thousands of migrants and refugees close to Greece’s northern border, as other countries shut their borders to stop the flow of people fleeing war and poverty in Syria, North of Africa and elsewhere. The European Council … Continue reading

Arbitrary detention of women and children for immigration-related purposes

Written by Joanna Apap, Graphics by Christian Dietrich, An unprecedented mass movement of asylum-seekers and migrants of all ages started in 2014, and has continued throughout 2015 and into 2016. Fleeing armed conflicts, mass killings, persecution and pervasive sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), these persons seek protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention, its subsequent Protocol … Continue reading

Asylum policy in Canada

Written by Ionel Zamfir Traditionally, Canada has been a leading nation in accepting refugees through the UN. It has a comprehensive programme for resettling refugees, which assigns an important role to private sponsors. However, a number of legislative changes in recent years, aiming at deterring ‘irregular arrivals’ of asylum-seekers, have raised concerns about human rights … Continue reading

The Western Balkans: Frontline of the migrant crisis

Written by Velina Lilyanova 2015 was a landmark year in the history of migration to Europe, with an unprecedented and constantly increasing flow of migrants making their way to the European Union. Fleeing poverty and war mainly in the Middle East and Africa, more and more people embarked on perilous journeys to reach the safety … Continue reading

European Neighbourhood Policy: Southern Neighbourhood – migration issues

Written by Joanna Apap and graphics by Christian Dietrich The Valletta Summit held in November 2015 was the venue for more than 60 countries to come together with the European Union and African Union institutions, as well as regional and international organisations involved, to address the current migration crisis. The summit was called for in … Continue reading

Migration [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, European governments and societies are under pressure from an unprecedented migration crisis, which threatens to undo the EU’s free-travel Schengen area, as member states reinstate border checks to try to cope with refugees fleeing war, oppression and poverty in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Divisions … Continue reading

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