28 June 2016

A law published today in the Belgian Official Gazette limits the duration of the residence permit granted to recognized refugees in Belgium. It will enter into force on 8 July 2016.

27 June 2016

Today, a new law was published in the Belgian Official Gazette. It introduces several changes to the Immigration Act and the Reception Act, including on family reunification or searches in closed centres.
Main Theme: Asylum, Migration
Keywords: closed centre, fraud, law

23 June 2016

Today, the Council of State has annulled the decree establishing the national list of safe countries of origin, as far as the inclusion of Albania on said list is concerned.

20 June 2016

Today the European Commission launched the Knowledge Center on Migration and Demography (KCMD) to support migration and demography related EU policies.
Main Theme: Migration
Keywords: demography, knowledge center

16 June 2016

The News Release report on 'Asylum in the EU Member States', as well the Statistics Explained 'Asylum quarterly report for the first quarter 2016 are released. These reports provide information on the number of first asylum applications, first instance decisions and pending cases in the EU.

15 June 2016

On 15 June 2016, the European Commission reports on progress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement, adopted a progress report on the relocation and resettlement schemes, adopted its second recommendation identifying steps to restore Dublin transfers to Greece

14 June 2016

At the initiative of the State Secretary for Asylum Policy and Migration, the premiums granted to Afghan and Iraqi nationals who voluntarily return to their country of origin have been temporarily doubled.

10 June 2016

Following a proposal from the State Secretary for Asylum Policy and Migration, the Council of Ministers has approved a draft law and royal decree which aim at giving the right to municipalities to collect administrative fees for the renewal, extension or replacement of some residence permits.

07 June 2016

The activity rate for non-EU citizens is lower than for nationals with a higher unemployment rate and a lower employment rate.

07 June 2016

The Action Plan aims at supporting Member States in the integration of third-country nationals and their economic and social contribution to the EU. It will be accompanied by a legal proposal to reform the rules on highly skilled migrants coming to the EU to work.

03 June 2016

Today, the Council of Ministers has approved the proposal of the State Secretary for Asylum Policy and Migration to gradually reduce the Belgian reception capacity.
Main Theme: Reception
Keywords: Fedasil, reception place

21 May 2016

An EU directive to harmonise EU entry and residence rules to make it easier and more attractive for people from third countries to study or do research at EU universities.

20 May 2016

Today the Council of the EU agreed its negotiating position on the proposed Regulation to revise the suspension mechanism to be applied to all existing visa liberalisation agreements.

19 May 2016

Today the Commission is reporting on progress in the fight against trafficking in human beings. The report presents trends, progress and challenges in this field. Efforts must be stepped up to effectively fight this phenomenon.

19 May 2016

How fundamental rights have been applied in the European migration policy in 2015 ? This is one of the question addressed by the report.
Main Theme: Migration
Keywords: fundamental rights

04 May 2016

The Commission has today proposed a Recommendation, to be decided upon by the Council, to prolong proportionate controls at certain internal Schengen borders for a maximum period of six months.

04 May 2016

The new directive regulates the use of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data in the EU. Its main objective: the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime.
Main Theme: Migration
Keywords: security, passenger name record

04 May 2016

The European Commission today's proposals are part of a major reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) as outlined in its Communication of 6 April 2016.

02 May 2016

The news release covers main trends on the registration of unaccompanied minors among asylum seekers in the EU in 2015.

28 April 2016

The Commission has announced today the approval of new actions in the Horn of Africa region under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

20 April 2016

The Commission finds that good progress has been made to implement the EU-Turkey Statement.

20 April 2016

The News Release covers main trends on first and final instance decisions on applications for international protection and on Resettled persons, for the complete 2015 year, in the EU28+ EFTA region.

06 April 2016

Today the European Commission is launching the process for a reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and developing safe and well-managed pathways for legal migration to Europe.

21 March 2016

Today, key Belgian stakeholders in the fight against migrant smuggling discussed inter alia the use of social media in migrant smuggling at a round-table organized by the Belgian Contact Point of the EMN.

18 March 2016

The EU and Turkey have found an agreement in order to end irregular migration from Turkey to the EU.