10 December 2015

During the third quarter of 2015 (July to September 2015), 413 800 first-time asylum seekers applied for international protection in the Member States of the EU, a number almost double that of the second quarter of 2015.
Main Theme: Asylum
Keywords: asylum statistics

04 December 2015

The conference of the Belgian National Contact Point to the EMN– which took place on 4 December in Brussels – focused on challenges and opportunities associated with the return of irregular and vulnerable migrants.

01 December 2015

The package of programmes is the single biggest EU measure in response to the Syrian refugee crisis to date.
Main Theme: Asylum
Keywords: aid, EU Trust Fund, Syrian refugees

20 November 2015

Justice and Home Affairs Ministers met in Brussels to discuss how to strengthen the following measures, inter alia: EU Passenger Name Record Directive, controls of external borders, information sharing and law enforcement cooperation.

19 November 2015

The Commission is referring Belgium for failing to transpose the Single Permit Directive. The Commission proposes a daily penalty of 52,828.16 euros.

12 November 2015

On 11-12 November, the Valletta summit on migration brought together European and African Heads of State and Government in an effort to strengthen cooperation and address the current challenges but also the opportunities of migration.

12 November 2015

On the occasion of an informal meeting following the Valletta Summit, heads of state or government focus on the migration crisis, the future of Schengen and cooperation with Turkey.

09 November 2015

Home Affairs Ministers focused in particular on speeding up the relocation process, strengthening the EU's external borders, fighting human trafficking and smuggling, and return and readmission.

09 November 2015

As from 9 November 2015, an asylum seeker can obtain a C work permit four months after applying for asylum. The 6 month period was cut to 4 months by a Royal Decree which entered into force today.
Main Theme: Asylum, Integration
Keywords: employment, waiting period

05 November 2015

Between 2014 and 2020, the EU will support Niger through the Emergency Trust Fund, inter alia to better manage migration flows, through improved border management and increased support to fight against trafficking and smuggling networks.

04 November 2015

Today, a first group of 30 asylum seekers was relocated from Greece to Luxembourg, in the framework of the EU's relocation scheme.
Main Theme: Asylum
Keywords: relocation

03 November 2015

On 3rd of November 2015, the General Policy Note on Asylum and Migration of the State Secretary for Asylum Policy and Migration was published. It defines the main orientations and actions to be taken in the field of asylum and migration in 2016.

27 October 2015

Today the European Commission decided to increase the level of cofinancing for the transport of the assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, following activation of the mechanism by Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia.

26 October 2015

During a meeting on 25 October, leaders from countries facing challenges along the Western Balkans Migration Route agreed on a 17-point plan of action.

23 October 2015

The declaration presenting some of the key principles of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Belgian Constitution will be submitted to foreigners arriving in the country.

20 October 2015

EU statistics on first residence permits in 2014 have been issued today. Eurostat explains key statistical findings.

20 October 2015

Today, the European Commission adopted two decisions in relation to the EU's Emergency Trust Fund for Africa announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union speech last September

09 October 2015

Myria's first edition of its newsletter "Myriatics" provides useful figures and facts on the current refugee crisis, to facilitate a better understanding of the global context and the situation in the EU and Belgium.

09 October 2015

The Council adopted a series of conclusions on the future of the return policy and approved more money to tackle the refugee crisis. The EMN will be used to monitor whether disparities among Member States' programmes could lead to return shopping.

09 October 2015

A first group of 19 asylum seekers was relocated from Italy to Sweden today under an EU relocation scheme.
Main Theme: Asylum, Migration
Keywords: relocation

07 October 2015

On the 7th October 2015, the EMN Annual Conference took place in Esch-Belval (Luxembourg). It was dedicated to the 30 years of the Schengen Agreement, as well as to the current challenges to the system regarding border management and irregular migration.

21 September 2015

Following the increase in the number of asylum seekers, the Belgian government approved a series of measures to progressively increase the reception capacity .
Main Theme: Reception
Keywords: reception facilities

18 September 2015

This News Release, covers main trends on first time asylum applicants and on pending asylum applicants for the second quarter of 2015 in the EU28+EFTA region.

16 September 2015

On 14 September 2015, an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting was held in Brussels to discuss Europe's response to the current refugee crisis.
Main Theme: Asylum, Migration
Keywords: refugee, relocation

09 September 2015

Today, the European Commission put forward a package of proposals to help address the refugee crisis that EU Member States and neighbouring countries are facing, including by tackling the root causes making people seek refuge in Europe.