EMN Bulletin (July - September 2020)
The 32nd 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 32nd edition of the EMN Bulletin provides information on developments at EU and national level (from July to September 2020) regarding general policy developments; the Common European Asylum System; unaccompanied minors and vulnerable groups; legal migration; integration; the management of the EU external borders; irregular migration; return; trafficking in human beings; and external dimensions.
This edition contains - inter alia - information on:
At EU level:
- The New Pact on Migration and Asylum, which was published on 23 September 2020. It puts forward a new framework for fair, efficient and sustainable migration management with a greater emphasis on a predictable and reliable migration management system rather than on ad-hoc solutions. It is framed around three pillars: better and faster procedures; firm and fair rules on intra-EU solidarity; and a strong external dimension based on enhanced cooperation with third countries.
- On 23 September 2020, following the fire that devastated the Moria facility on the islands of Lesvos, the Commission announced the establishment of a dedicated taskforce to improve the situation on the island in a durable way
At national level:
- BE: On 9 July 2020, the Federal Reception Agency (Fedasil) updated the list of nationalities who have a high chance of being granted international protection. An applicant for international protection who has a nationality that is on this list can apply for individual housing already after two months in a reception centre.
- BE: On 16 July, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled that the date to be taken into account, in order to determine whether a family member of a sponsor is a ‘minor child’, is the date of submission of the application for entry. The request for a preliminary ruling came from the Belgian Council of State.
- PL: A new programme dedicated to Belarusian entrepreneurs from the IT sector, who consider relocating their companies to Poland, was established ('Business Harbour'). The project offers services helping IT specialists, start-ups and established companies relocate easily to Poland. Information about the support for Belarusian entrepreneurs and their families is prepared in Russian, English and Polish.
More developments and other information can be found in the Bulletin (document above).