Eurostat releases today data on asylum decisions taken by EU Member States in 2016.    
The European Commission is today recommending that Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway phase out the temporary controls currently in place at some of their internal Schengen borders over the next six months.
Main theme: Borders & Visa
Keywords: Schengen, border control
Today, the European Migration Network (EMN) launched its Annual Report on Migration and Asylum 2016 during a half day event in Brussels. 
Main theme: Migration
Keywords: annual report
The Commission is today setting out actions to reinforce the protection of all migration children at all stages of the process and to ensure a closer link between the asylum and child protection services.
Today, the Commission adopted its eleventh progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 2 March 2017.
Main theme: Asylum
Keywords: resettlement, relocation
Today, a Royal Decree was published in the Official Gazette which details the type of residence permit the fee can apply to, and what the maximum amount of said fee is.
Main theme: Migration
Keywords: residence permit, processing fee
On 18 March 2017, a regulation amending the Schengen borders code was published in the EU Official Journal. The amendment aims to reinforce checks against relevant databases at the external borders.  
Eurostat published a news release on the number of asylum applications in 2016 and published an article on asylum applications and decisions for 2016 on its website.  
In its judgement delivered today, the Court of Justice has ruled that Member States are not required – under EU law – to grant a humanitarian visa to persons who wish to enter their territory with a view to applying for asylum. However, they are free to do so on the basis of their national law.  
Today the European Commission presented new measures in the context of the review of the EU return policy which was announced in the Malta Declaration from 3 February 2017.
The Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons has published a new guide that provides information to unaccompanied minors applying for asylum in Belgium, as well as their guardians.
Main theme: Asylum
Keywords: CGRS, asylum procedure
On 9 February 2017 a law has been adopted regarding the removal of foreigners who have a residence permit in Belgium, but pose a threat to society.
Foreign nationals might have to pay a fee of maximum 50 euro in certain municipalities when they renew, extend or replace a temporary residence permit at the level of the municipalities. Modifications by the Law of 18 December 2016, published today in the Belgian Official Gazette, made it possible for municipalities to collect this fee.
Main theme: Migration
Keywords: processing fee, residence permit
On 1 February 2017, Belgium and Cameroon signed a Memorandum of Understanding which focuses on migration and return.
Main theme: Migration
Keywords: MoU, Cameroon
Today a new law enters (partly) into force inserting a general residence condition into the Immigration Act. The Immigration Office can now put an end to a residence permit if the person cannot put forward provable integration efforts.
According to the Missing Migrants Project, an estimate of 7495 men, women and children migrants or refugees died or were reported missing across five continents in 2016. That is almost 20 victims per day and the number may not include them all.
Authorized officials of the Belgian Immigration Office have been granted direct access to certain parts of the central database of the Belgian police. 
Main theme: Asylum, Migration
Keywords: Immigration Office, Police
The Commission is today proposing to improve the Schengen Information System (SIS) to close information gaps and to contribute to a stronger control of external borders and sustainable EU Security Union.
On this International Migrants Day, Myria examines differences in gender related issues in migration, and provides key statistics in this matter.
Main theme: Migration
Keywords: gender
The work programme of the European Migration Network for 2017-2018 has been adopted by the European Commission.
Main theme: Migration
The Commission recommends today that transfers to Greece should be resumed gradually, only for asylum seekers for whom Greece is responsible from 15 March 2017, and subject to individual assurances from the Greek authorities.
Civil society organizations that have experience in the issue of migrants' access to Europe, services and rights, and that wish to actively contribute to the European Migration Forum, must submit their application form no later than today!
When12 December 2016
In october 2016, Fedasil has opened a new return desk in Charleroi, where migrants can receive information and assistance on voluntary return.
At 3pm today, the EMN presents the recently published study on resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes at the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.
The Belgian Contact Point of the EMN organised a conference on labour market participation of beneficiaries of international protection. The event took place on the 8th of November in Brussels (Résidence Palace).