EPIM Policy Update

The EPIM Policy update is prepared for civil society organisations interested in the European policy developments in the areas of migration and integration. The European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent think tank, has been commissioned by EPIM to produce this Policy Update.

The Policy Update provides a focused analysis of recent EU-level policy-making, legislation and jurisprudence relevant to EPIM’s sub-funds on (1) Immigration detention; (2) Reforms of the Common European Asylum System; (3) Children and youth on the move; (4) Mobile EU citizens’ access to rights, and 5) Building inclusive European societies. 

October 2018
Main topics covered

    • No solution in sight for the Mediterranean;
    • EU discussions on golden visas;
    • Spain´s cooperation with Morocco on migration control;
    • The State of the Union´s migration proposals.

July 2018
Main topics covered

    • A contentious European Council Summit;
    • Shrinking space for Search and Rescue in the Mediterranean;
    • Discussions over MFF;
    • Progress on the Global Compacts.

April 2018
Main topics covered

    • The German coalition agreement and the French immigration bill;
    • EU cooperation with African countries on migration;
    • An update on CEAS reform;
    • The Welcome in Europe Campaign.

February 2018 
Main topics covered

    • Disagreement over relocation;
    • Bulgarian Presidency´s approach to migration;
    • An update on progress made in the reform of the Common European Asylum System;
    • Relevant reports such as Save the Children’s report on protecting migrant and refugee children´s rights.

December 2017
Main topics covered

    • Winter living conditions in the Greek hotspots;
    • Developments in the Central Mediterranean and EU relations with Libya;
    • A closer look from CIAI on supporting unaccompanied and separated children and youth in Sicily;
    • Relevant reports such as Save the Children’s report on protecting migrant and refugee children´s rights.

October 2017
Main topics covered

    • The decision by the ECJ on mandatory relocation;
    • The mid-term review of the Agenda on Migration and the update of the Schengen Border Code;
    • A closer look from FEANTSA on homelessness among EU citizens living in the UK;
    • Relevant reports such as the Council of Europe’s report on the situation in the Greek hotspots.

July 2017
Main topics covered

    • The rights of children on the move which come into greater focus in the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council and the European Commission;
    • Brexit talks and the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in EU member states;
    • The CEAS reform talks by the European Parliament;
    • A closer look from Future Worlds Centre on piloting alternatives to detention in Cyprus.

April 2017
Main topics covered

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

February 2017
Main topics covered

    • The plans by EU leaders to close the central Mediterranean route;
    • The EU Commission’s recommendation to resume Dublin transfers to Greece;
    • A closer look at the vulnerability assessment in the framework of the asylum procedure in France from Forum Réfugiés-Cosi;
    • Developments in negotiations over CEAS reform proposals;
    • UNICEF figures on unaccompanied and separated children who arrived in Italy in 2016.

December 2016
Main topics covered

    • Malta’s presentation of its priorities for the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU;
    • ECRE’s analysis of the European Commission’s CEAS reform proposals;
    • Turkish President Erdogan’s threat to end the EU-Turkey deal;
    • EU funding opportunities under the ‘Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme’;
    • A closer look at the dismantling of the protection space for refugees in Hungary by the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

October 2016
Main topics covered

    • Migration on the agenda of the EU Summit in Bratislava;
    • The Council’s approval of a European Border and Coast Guard service;
    • An analysis of the CEAS reform package;
    • A closer look at unaccompanied children in Greece as seen through the eyes of Faros, an EPIM grantee organisation.

July 2016
Main topics covered

  • A new section on EU funding opportunities;
  • An analysis of the potential impact of Brexit on the CEAS and EU/UK citizens;
  • A closer look at the ‘Recent developments at the Bulgarian border’, by the EPIM grantee organization Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria.

May 2016
Main topics covered

  • The  extension of temporary border controls within the Schengen area;
  • An analysis of what Brexit could mean for EU citizens in the UK;
  • The recent publication of Eurostat data regarding asylum decisions and unaccompanied minors in the EU in 2015;
  • A closer look on ‘Right to an effective remedy in detention and deportation cases’ in the context of Cyprus, by the EPIM grantee organisation KISA.

March 2016
Main topics covered

  • An overview of EPIM’s focus as it steps into the fourth phase (2016-2018);
  • The deployment of NATO in the Aegean sea and the EU-Turkey Action Plan;
  • Belgium introducing controls on the French border and the European Council asks Greece for reforms to border deficiencies, adding more pressure to an already immensely strained Schengen area;
  • A closer look on ‘Which Europe?’ by Spyros Rizakos, Director of AITIMA in Greece.

December 2015
Main topics covered

  • The European Commision’s state of play of the measures to address the refugee crisis and the relocation commitments made by member states;
  • A statistical summary of the state of affairs in the Mediterranean from UNHCR;
  • The recent establishment of temporary border controls and an uncertain future for the Schengen agreement;
  • The European Council and Parliament agreement on the Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing.

October 2015
Main topics covered

  • The launch of the AIDA (Asylum Information Database) Annual report 2014/2015: “Common asylum system at a turning point: refugees caught in Europe’s solidarity crisis”;
  • EASO (European Asylum Support Office) – Annual report for 2014 on the situation of asylum in the European Union in 2014;
  • Eurostat statistics on the asylum seekers who applied for protection in the EU during the second quarter of 2015;
  • Frontex’s Western Balkans Quarterly Report for the second quarter of 2015, which forecasted the difficult situation of this summer at the EU external border.

July 2015
Main topics covered

  • The role of the Luxembourgish Presidency in the Council of the EU and its priority to manage migration;
  • The scaling up of Frontex and its joint operations Triton and Poseidon;
  • The creation of a military operation in the Southern Central Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR);
  • A position paper by PICUM on the EU Return Directive 2008/115/EC.

April 2015
Main topics covered

  • Europol’s launch of the JOT (Joint Operational Team) Mare to tackle organised criminal groups facilitating the journeys of migrants by ship across the Mediterranean Sea to the EU;
  • A paper by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) addressing legal access for people in need of international protection;
  • A European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) study analysing the fiscal impact of EU mobile citizens in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK;
  • The opinion of Advocate General Wathelet on the ECJ case Jobcenter Berlin Neuköln v Nazifa, Sonita, Valentina and Valentino Alimanovic, C-67/14.

January 2015
Main topics covered

  • The latest UNHCR report on worrying numbers of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people;
  • A selection of ECJ judgments in the field of asylum and undocumented migrants;
  • ECRE’s recommendations for the transposition of EU Recast Asylum Procedures Directive;
  • The EU response to the smuggling of migrants in Europe;
  • The final report of the joint police operation Mos Maiorum, leaked by the NGO StateWatch.

November 2014
Main topics covered

  • The Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg on 9 and 10 October;
  • The launch of the Triton operation (FRONTEX Plus);
  • The joint police operation Mos Maiorum;
  • The EU-Turkey readmission agreement;
  • the joint EU-OECD report “Matching economic migration with labour market needs”.

September 2014
Main topics covered

  • The priorities for the upcoming Council Presidencies (Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg) in the area of migration;
  • The announcement of a “Frontex Plus” operation replacing the Mare Nostrum operation in the Mediterranean Sea;
  • the Commission proposal amending the Dublin III Regulation with regard to unaccompanied minors;
  • European Court of Justice case law on the Return Directive and Family Reunification.

June 2014
Main topics covered

  • The Post-Stockholm process;
  • The Lampedusa tragedy – Mediterranean task force;
  • Syrian asylum seekers in the European Union;
  • special focus: Immigration and freedom of movement before and after the EP elections.

December 2013
Main topics covered

  • The EU accession to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR);
  • Detention conditions in Malta;
  • Syrian asylum seekers in Europe;
  • The Smart Border Package.

April 2014
Main topics covered

  • The EU accession to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR);
  • Detention conditions in Malta;
  • Syrian asylum seekers in Europe;
  • The Smart Border Package.

September 2013
Main topics covered

  • Changes with the 2014-2020 EU budget: the Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF);
  • The completion of the Common European Asylum System;
  • The implementation of EU rules in the Member States with a special focus on Greece;
  • The Smart Borders Package;
  • The Schengen evaluation mechanism and borders code.

April 2013
Main topics covered

  • The forthcoming Reception Conditions Directive;
  • changes in the forthcoming Dublin III regulation;
  • Smart Borders Package by the European Commission;
  • the resolution of the European Parliament on the integration of migrants and its effects on the labour market.