In its February Newsletter, AEDH had echoed the concerns of Hungarian civil society with respect to the government’s proposal to detain all asylum seekers. On 7 March, Hungarian members of parliament overwhelmingly approved this project (with 138 votes for, 6 against and 22 abstentions). The implementation of this law will
On 5 December 2016, the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) published a report entitled “Better Protecting Refugees in the EU and Globally”. In this 21-page document, the UNHCR mainly focuses on making concrete proposals on how to build a European asylum system which is more efficient and more responsive
A year ago, on 20 March 2016, the “contract” concluded between the EU and Turkey to stem the flow of migrants arriving on European territory entered into force.
Let us recall briefly that this agreement followed a “Joint Action Plan”, adopted on 29 November 2015 with a view to curbing irregular
On 16 March 2017, Eurostat published the census of asylum applications submitted in the European Union (EU) in 2016.
As clearly illustrated in the chart above, the number of first-time asylum applicants (1,203,000) shows a slight drop compared with 2015 (1,257,000) but is still twice as high as in
On 2 March, following the Malta Summit on 3 February 2017, the European Commission presented a new “Action Plan” aimed at improving the effectiveness of return decisions and the expulsion of irregular migrants, as it has done previously with the adoption of the Regulation on the European laissez-passer.
Decembre 2014 – The new website of the European NGO Platform on Asylum and Migration (EPAM) is launched today on the occasion of the International Migrants Day.
20 September 2014 – The French Minister of the Interior and the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom (UK), Mr Bernard Cazeneuve and Ms Theresa May, have announced the conclusion of an agreement on the management of migration flows in Calais. Indeed, many migrants cross Europe to go to the UK, but this country is not part of the Schengen area so they are stuck in this French port, and have to live in dramatic conditions, that have long been denounced by non-governmental organisations.
25 September 2014 – The European Commission has presented to the LIBE Commission its proposal to amend article 8.4 of the Dublin Regulation, relating to the determination of the Member State responsible for examining the application for international protection of unaccompanied minors. This proposition was made in order to take into account the judgment delivered by the Court of Justice on 6 June 2013 (case C-648/11, MA and Others).
On 18 October, Italian authorities launched the Mare Nostrum rescue operation in order to cope with the humanitarian emergency in the Sicilian Channel. But significant human, material and financial resources are necessary to carry out this operation, so Italy has asked the European Union to take over. On 27 August 2014, the creation of a European operation “Frontex Plus”, since then renamed “Triton”, was announced by Commissioner Malmström. However, this operation will have more limited means than Mare Nostrum, and its primary function will not be to rescue people at sea.
30 September 2014 – During its hearing before the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee, Mr Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner-Designate for the portfolio Migration and Home Affairs, presented its priorities in the field of asylum and migration.