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Policies

EU Home Affairs policies can be grouped under two fields: migration and asylum, and internal security. The first includes issues related to legal and irregular migration, integration, readmission and return. The second encompasses the fight against organised crime and terrorism, police cooperation and the management of the EU's external border. The EU also actively cooperates with non-EU countries to work together on migration- and security-related challenges.

Immigration

A common migration policy will help Europe take advantage of the opportunities and tackle the challenges of increased cross-border mobility.

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Common European Asylum System

The CEAS will harmonise European standards to better protect refugees, while preventing abuses of national asylum systems.

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Schengen, Borders & Visas

The EU's common external border calls for EU States' cooperation on border control and visa policy to ensure freedom and security within Europe.

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Internal security

A common strategy for tackling today's cross-border security challenges will help build an open and safe Europe.

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Organised crime & Human trafficking

We help EU States in taking consistent action to effectively prevent and counter the many facets of modern organised crime.

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Crisis & Terrorism

Our counter-terrorism strategy consists of preventing radicalisation, protecting citizens, pursuing terrorist and responding to attacks.

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Police cooperation

We help national law enforcement authorities in cooperating more effectively to better protect citizens against cross-border organised crime and terrorism.

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International affairs

Our cooperation with non-EU countries focuses on the management of migration flows and the tackling of common security challenges.

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Future of Home Affairs Policies

Since 1999, the area of Home Affairs policies has been developed through three multi-annual programmes which set out guidelines for common policies for the EU and its Member States. The Stockholm Programme which has set the policy-guidelines from 2010 to 2014 will soon come to an end. Thus it is time to consider future challenges and priorities which shall be addressed in the upcoming years.

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Glossary

Trafficking in human beings

The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or reception of persons, including the exchange or transfer ...

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Terrorism

In the absence of a generally accepted definition under international law, “terrorism” can be defined as ...

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Return

In a general sense, the act or process of going back to the point of departure. This could be within the territorial ...

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Refugee

A person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political ...

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Readmission

Act by a State accepting the re-entry of an individual (own national, third-country national or stateless person).

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Radicalisation

Individuals or groups becoming intolerant with regard to basic democratic values like equality and diversity, ...

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Organised crime

Activities of large-scale criminal and terrorist networks, including terrorism, international drugs trafficking, trafficking ...

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Migration flow

The number of migrants crossing a boundary, within a specific time period, for the purpose of establishing ...

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Migration

The movement of a person or a group of persons, either across an international border (international migration),...

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Migrant

A broader-term of an immigrant and emigrant, referring to a person who leaves one country or region to settle in ...

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Management

Comprises three main tasks: - supervision and responsibility for increasing the performance of others...

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Legal migration

Migration that occurs through recognised, authorised channels.

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Irregular migration

The movement of a person to a new place of residence or transit using irregular or illegal means, without valid ...

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Integration

A dynamic, two-way process of mutual accommodation by migrants and by the societies that receive them.

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Immigration

The action by which a person establishes his or her usual residence in the territory of an EU State for a period ...

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External EU border

An EU States’ land borders, including river and lake borders, sea borders and their airports, river ports, sea ports ...

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Border control

The activity carried out at a border, in accordance with and for the purposes of Regulation 562/2006, exclusively in ...

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Border

A line separating land territory or maritime zones of two States or subparts of States. It can also refer to a region ...

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Asylum

A form of protection given by a State, on its territory, based on the principle of non-refoulement and internationally ...

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