Background

Migration is one of the political priorities of the Juncker Commission. The main aim is to approach the issue in a comprehensive way.

The Commission's agenda on migration defines immediate measures needed to prevent human tragedies and to strengthen emergency responses.

And while the crisis in the Mediterranean has put the spotlight on immediate needs, it has also revealed much about the structural limitations of EU migration policy and tools. The EU needs to strike the right balance and send a clear message to Europeans that migration can be better managed collectively. This is why the agenda also defines a new strategic approach to managing migration in the medium to long term.

Full details can be found on the website of the Directorate General (department) for Migration and Home Affairs.

To address the unprecedented emergency situation along the Eastern Mediterranean-Western Balkans route, the EU and the countries in this area most affected agreed on 17-point plan of action. Measures cover:

  • permanent exchange of information
  • limiting secondary movements
  • supporting refugees and providing shelter and rest
  • shared management of migration flows
  • border management
  • tackling smuggling and trafficking

The EU is also working with the African Union as part of its global approach to migration and mobility. An action plan adopted in April 2014 focuses on:

  • trafficking in human beings
  • remittances
  • diaspora
  • mobility and labour migration (including intra-African mobility)
  • international protection (including internally displaced persons)
  • irregular migration

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