EMN Bulletin (October - December 2018)
The 25th edition of the EMN Bulletin provides up-to-date information on recent migration and international protection policy developments at EU and national level, including the latest relevant published statistics.
The 25th edition of the EMN Bulletin provides information on developments at EU and national level (from October to December 2018) regarding general policy developments; the Common European Asylum System; unaccompanied minors and vulnerable groups; legal migration and integration; the management of the EU external borders; irregular migration and return; trafficking in human beings; and external dimensions.
This edition includes information - inter alia - on:
At EU level:
The European Commission announced € 43.7 million in emergency assistance to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in order to support Greece as a response to the increasing challenges in the migration field.
On the occasion of International Migrants’ Day and as part of the Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021), the Council of Europe launched a practical handbook for professionals called “How to convey child-friendly information to children in migration”.
The European Commission published a new feasibility study on sponsorship schemes as a possible pathway to safe channels for admission to the EU.
At national level:
BE: Since December, Belgium is left with a minority government in a caretaking capacity to handle urgent and ongoing matters. On 8 December, the largest party, the New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), quit the coalition over a dispute on signing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).
BE: Since 3 December, all applicants for international protection have to be registered in the newly opened temporary arrival centre, located in the former reception centre “Le Petit-Château”. Applicants will follow the same harmonised procedure: registration of the application for international protection, identification, security screening, medical examination, social intake and allocation of a reception place.
- Germany: The German Government adopted new legislation on skilled worker immigration (Fachkräftezuwanderungsgesetz) to ensure a stable social and economic situation in Germany. With the new legislation, the German government is putting in place a framework for forward-looking, needs-driven immigration of skilled workers from non-EU States.
More developments and other information can be found in the Bulletin (document above).