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Towards a common European immigration policy - latest news about Immigration Policy in the European Union.

Go-ahead for EU's new pact on migration and asylum 15 May 2024, 17:01 CET
The EU Council adopted a landmark reform of the EU's asylum and migration rules Tuesday to manage arrivals in an orderly way, create uniform procedures and ensure fair burden sharing between EU states.

UK signs deal with EU to cooperate on illegal immigration 23 February 2024, 18:46 CET
The UK agreed a deal with the EU Friday for a long-term framework for close cooperation with the EU's border agency Frontex to tackle illegal migration and cross-border crime.

EU plans to strengthen its migration management 18 October 2023, 23:47 CET
The EU Commission presented plans Wednesday for a sustainable European migration management system, which would prevent 'irregular' departures, combat smuggling and provide legal pathways.

EU's new, reinforced agency for asylum starts work 19 January 2022, 22:40 CET
The new European Union Agency for Asylum started work Wednesday with its reinforced mandate, with the aim of speeding up asylum decisions and converging reception standards across the EU.

New EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration - guide 28 April 2021, 18:00 CET
The European Commission adopted on 27 April the first EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration. The Strategy promotes voluntary return and reintegration as an integral part of a common EU system for returns, a key objective under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.

Brussels outlines plan for inclusion of migrants 25 November 2020, 16:50 CET
A new plan on Integration and Inclusion for 2021-2027, unveiled by the EU Commission Tuesday, addresses barriers that hinder participation and inclusion of people with a migrant background in European society.

Action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027 24 November 2020, 23:20 CET
The European Commission presented on 24 November an action plan on Integration and Inclusion for the period 2021-2027.

Asylum applications to EU on the increase in 2019 25 June 2019, 21:11 CET
Asylum applications in the EU increased in the first five months of 2019, though an annual report out Monday showed a decrease for the third consecutive year in 2018, returning to pre-crisis levels.

New travel authorisation system to screen travellers before entering EU 06 July 2018, 11:45 CET
The EU Parliament gave its green light Thursday to a new travel information and authorisation system intended to screen criminals and terrorists before they arrive in the EU. It should be operational in 2021.

Migration levels in EU continue downward trend 19 June 2018, 15:45 CET
There were 728,470 applications for international protection in the EU In 2017, a decrease of 44% compared to 2016, according to figures from the European Asylum Support Office published Monday.

European External Investment Plan 12 December 2017, 17:55 CET
The EU's External Investment Plan will support more inclusive and sustainable development in Africa and the European Neighbourhood. It will boost public and private investment and thus address some of the obstacles to growth in our partner countries.

Schengen border controls could be extended under new EU plan 27 September 2017, 20:34 CET
The Commission proposed Wednesday that temporary internal border controls under the Schengen Borders Code could be extended in response to increased security and terrorist risks.

EU Court dismisses challenge to migrant quota scheme 07 September 2017, 00:29 CET
The EU Court of Justice dismissed Wednesday cases brought by Slovakia and Hungary against the European Union's provisional mechanism for the mandatory relocation of asylum seekers.

EU plans better protection for migrant children 18 April 2017, 19:07 CET
With a growing number of children in migration arriving in the EU over the past two years, many without their families, the EU has set out actions to reinforce the protection of migrant children at all stages of the process.

New travel system to tighten security at EU borders 17 November 2016, 18:12 CET
Travellers coming into the EU will have to obtain prior authorisation, and pay a charge, under a new European Travel Information and Authorisation System unveiled Wednesday.

Border controls extended 3 months 14 November 2016, 23:44 CET
The EU has extended controls at certain internal Schengen borders - Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, where controls already take place - for a further three months.

First report on progress towards an effective and sustainable Security Union 13 October 2016, 17:16 CET
The European Commission's first of a series of monthly reports on progress towards an effective and sustainable Security Union outlines EU efforts in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime and the work undertaken to strengthen the EU's resilience against these threats. It also highlights the priority areas where more work is needed and sets out concrete operational measures for the months to come.

Bulgaria to receive EUR 108m for refugee crisis 20 September 2016, 15:42 CET
The European Commission has fast-tracked requests from the Bulgarian authorities for emergency funding of EUR 108m to help the country manage the influx of refugees on its external borders.

Security: EU plan to strengthen external borders 14 September 2016, 19:54 CET
The European Commission set out on 14 September how the European Union can enhance security in Europe by improving the exchange of information in the fight against terrorism and strengthening external borders.

EU confirms agreement on European Border and Coast Guard 23 June 2016, 22:52 CET
The EU confirmed Wednesday a compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on the proposed regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard.

New EU-wide border system moves a step closer 01 June 2016, 12:36 CET
The setting up of an integrated EU border management system moved a step forward Monday as MEPs in committee backed plans for a flagship European Border and Coast Guard agency.

Roadmap Back to Schengen: Commission assessment of Action Plan prepared by Greece 13 April 2016, 22:39 CET
The European Commission adopted on 12 April its assessment of the Action Plan presented by the Greek authorities which details how Greece plans to address the deficiencies in its external border management. Greece’s Action Plan is its roadmap for implementing the recommendations made by the Council on how to address deficiencies identified in the management of Greece’s portion of the EU external border. The Commission's assessment finds that significant progress has been made by Greece but that further improvements to the Action Plan and its implementation are needed in order to comprehensively address the deficiencies identified. Today’s assessment constitutes another stage in the process set out by the Commission on the Roadmap 'Back to Schengen' which seeks to end temporary internal border controls and re-establish the normal functioning of the Schengen area before the end of the year.

New Entry-Exit System for non-EU nationals at EU borders 06 April 2016, 19:16 CET
The European Commission presented on 6 April a revised proposal for a Regulation on the establishment of an Entry-Exit System to speed-up, facilitate and reinforce border check procedures for non-EU nationals travelling to the EU. The Entry-Exit System will modernise external border management by improving the quality and efficiency of controls and support Member States with the increasing numbers of travellers entering and exiting the EU. The legislative proposal is part of the broader 'Smart Borders Package', addressing the role of information systems in enhancing external border management, internal security and the fight against terrorism and organised crime.

Options for reforming the Common European Asylum System 06 April 2016, 17:27 CET
The European Commission launched on 6 April the process for a reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), presenting: options for a fair and sustainable system for allocating asylum applicants among Member States; a further harmonisation of asylum procedures and standards to create a level playing field across Europe and thereby reduce pull factors inducing measures to reduce irregular secondary movements; and a strengthening of the mandate of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). At the same time, the Commission is setting out measures to ensure safe and well-managed pathways for legal migration to Europe.

Implementing the European Agenda on Migration: Commission report 10 February 2016, 13:40 CET
The European Commission reported on 10 February on progress made on measures to tackle the refugee and migration crisis in Italy, Greece and along the Western Balkans Route.