EMN Bulletin (October - December 2020)
The 33rd 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 33rd edition of the EMN Bulletin provides information on developments at EU and national level (from October to December 2020) regarding general policy developments; the Common European Asylum System; unaccompanied minors and vulnerable groups; legal migration; integration; the management of the EU external borders; irregular migration; return; trafficking in human beings; and external dimensions.
This edition contains - inter alia - information on:
At EU level:
- The Commission adopted new Guidance on travellers exempted from the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU on 28 October 2020. The guidance provides indications on the interpretation of the term “family member” and the scope of the categories of travellers with an essential function.
- A new reception centre has been created in Lesvos as a result of a joint plan between the Commission and Greece. On 3 December 2020, the European Commission agreed a detailed plan with the Greek authorities and EU agencies to establish a new, up-to-standard reception centre on the island of Lesvos. This constitutes a key step towards resolving the situation after the fires that destroyed the Moria camp in September 2020.
At national level:
- BE: On 1 October 2020 a new instruction on the reception of applicants for international protection who are in a Dublin procedure came into force. The instruction includes faster information exchange with the reception centres. The possibility of house arrest will be introduced, and the right to reception can be limited if residents who are in a Dublin procedure do not cooperate. The instruction is part of a set of measures to increase the effectiveness of the Dublin procedure.
- FI: The Finnish Immigration Service has developed a quality assurance system for the interpretation services used in asylum interviews. The system enables comparisons based on similar criteria regardless of the language of interpretation.
- NL: On 10 October 2020, the Minister for Migration presented a toolbox equipped with measures for dealing with nuisance caused by some asylum seekers.
More developments and other information can be found in the Bulletin (document above).