April 2017 EPIM Policy Update now available

The April 2017 Edition of the Policy Update, prepared for organisations interested in European policy developments in the areas of migration and integration, is now available online.

EPIM has commissioned the European Policy Centre (EPC), a Brussels-based think tank, to produce regular Policy Updates.

EPIM’s Policy Update addresses topics relevant to EPIM’s current sub-funds: (1) Immigration detention; (2) Reforms of the European asylum system; (3) Children and youth on the move, and (4) Mobile EU citizens’ access to rights.

This edition’s special focus is dedicated to the outcomes of the EU-Turkey Statement, one year after it entered into force. Despite being presented as a success in significantly bringing down the number of “irregular arrivals” while providing a narrow framework for an alternative legal channel for the resettlement of Syrian refugees, the EU-Turkey Statement has faced repeated criticisms from many humanitarian and human rights NGOs who argue that the deal does not respect fundamental rights.

Other key highlights of this Policy Update include:

  • Progress report on CEAS and resettlement reforms bythe Justice and Home Affairs Council on 27 March;
  • Commission presents new measures for EU return policy;
  • A closer look from European Council on Refugees and Exiles on the efficiency paradox of Germany’s asylum system;
  • UNHCR statistics on arrivals;
  • Latest numbers for relocation and resettlement.
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