EMN Bulletin (October - December 2019)
The 29th 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 29th edition of the EMN Bulletin provides information on developments at EU and national level (from October to December 2019) regarding general policy developments; the Common European Asylum System; unaccompanied minors and vulnerable groups; legal migration and integration; the management of the EU external borders; irregular migration and return; trafficking in human beings; and external dimensions.
This edition contains - inter alia - information on:
At EU level:
- On 3 December 2019, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, announced emergency funding for Italy and Spain to foster integration and specifically improve social cohesion in local communities that have recently received a significant number of people.
- On 8 November 2019, the Council officially adopted the Commission's proposal to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard. Its reinforced mandate came into force on 4 December 2019 and under the new regulation the agency will be equipped with its own standing corps of 10.000 border guardss ready to be deployed wherever and whenever needed.
At national level:
- BE: On 26 November 2019, the Home Affairs Committee of the Belgian Parliament held hearings on a legislative proposal strengthening family reunification rules. EMN Belgium provided a comparative overview of the policy on family reunification, focusing mainly on the neighbouring countries.
- BE: On 22 November, Myria, the national independent rapporteur on human trafficking, published its 2019 annual report on trafficking and smuggling of human beings. This report focuses this year on providing victims with legal aid and informing them about their rights.
- FR: On 5 November 2019, the Board of Directors of the OFPRA (the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) discussed the list of safe countries, previously adopted on 9 October 2015. It decided not to amend the list.
More developments and other information can be found in the Bulletin (document above).