Migrants from third countries represent around four percent of the total EU population. The composition of EU's population is thus changing. This leads to new conditions for social cohesion and government response to public concerns.
EU leaders on 24 June agreed to establish a "safeguard mechanism" allowing the re-introduction of internal borders in exceptional circumstances
The Belgian Immigration Office started the SEFOR Project, which aims at ensuring the follow-up of the migrants having received an order to leave the territory, if they are effectively returning to their country of origin, voluntarily or not (SEFOR meaning "Sensibilisation, Follow-up, Return)
Main theme: Return & Readmission
Keywords: voluntary return
The Statistical Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has developed an inventory of information sources and institutions dealing with migration issues. Called migratory, this inventory identifies over 1800 sources located in the UNECE region.
The European Council has launched its virtual Resource Centre on Free Movement & Migration
Main theme: Asylum
Keywords: EU Migration Policy
The new EASO Office began some of its activities in November 2010, and is since 19 June 2011 fully operational
Main theme: Asylum, Migration
Keywords: asylum, EU Migration Policy, EASO
On June 22, 2011, the Justice Commission found no agreement on the draft bill of several Flemish political parties concerning the tightening of the acquisition of citizenship in Belgium
The Council Directive 2003/109/EC has been amended by the Directive 2011/51/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2011 to extend its scope to beneficiaries of international protection
EMN presents its synthesis report of the EMN study ‘Satisfying Labour Demand through Migration ’. Source of this publication are the different national studies, carried out in 2010 by the National Contact Points (NCP's) of the EMN.
On 9 and 10 June 2011, the Justice and Home Affairs of the Council of the European Union took place in Luxembourg. On the agenda of the home affairs ministers stood, amongst others, amendments on FRONTEX-rules and the Schengen evaluation of Bulgaria and Romania.
Every month, the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons publishes a document containing the statistics on the asylum applications and the decisions taken.
On 1 June 2011, the European Commission presents its revised proposals amending the Directives on Asylum Procedures and on Reception Conditions.
The Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (Centre) publishes the English version of its Annual Report on Trafficking & Smuggeling 2009, which was published in French and Dutch in October 2010
This ACP-EU Council of ministers addressed questions of migration and discussed progress in the ongoing ACP-EU dialogue on migration. Ministers agreed to reach concrete results to strengthen the operational cooperation in the areas of visa, remittances and readmission over the coming year.
Main theme: Migration, External Dimension
Keywords: ACP
On May 24, 2011, the European Commission presented its proposals for a better managment of migration flows from the Southern Mediterranean region and for amendements to the Visa Regulation
The King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) launches a call for papers on research on migration and integration policy Deadline for papers: 19 October 2011
EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecila Malmström presented the paper at a press conference on 4 May 2011
Main theme: Cross-sectional
VALENTINA POP - EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - France on Sunday blocked the passage of Italian trains in order to prevent Tunisian migrants from entering its territory, a move promptly slammed by Rome. EU council chief Herman Van Rompuy meanwhile appealed for Paris not to "exaggerate" the migration issue
Plans for an update of the asylum procedures directive for a more fair and effective asylum procedure throughout the EU were backed by MEPs.
Main theme: Asylum
This Eurostat Newsrelease is presenting an overview of the asylum trends in the EU27 for the year 2010.
The Council adopted the new directive on trafficking in human beings as proposed by the Commission last spring
When21 March 2011
The Belgian National Contact Point participated in an international workshop on “Migration challenges for pre-accession countries in South-East Europe” in Belgrade and gave a lecture on "The European Migration Network and other international instruments.
Main theme: Migration
On 10 May 2011, the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (Centre) invites the press to a conference on the occasion of the launching of its forth annual report 'Migration'.
When28 April 2011
Main theme: Migration
Keywords: annual report, migration policy
The European Commission presented an EU agenda for reinforcing the rights of the child. It includes a series of concrete actions, including promoting specific safeguards and procedural guarantees for children seeking asylum and child specific reception measures.
Commissioner Malmström presents Action Plan on visa liberalisation with the Republic of Moldova