Migration and Home Affairs


The European Parliament adopted today the 'Joint EU Resettlement Programme' presented by the Commission in 2009. The EU wide resettlement scheme is a considerable step towards concrete engagements and increased cooperation regarding resettlement of refugees to Europe.
The European Commission has today presented its second monthly report on progress made towards an effective and sustainable Security Union.
With the support of Europol and Eurojust and nearly 400 law enforcement officers, 77 individuals suspected of large-scale irregular migrant smuggling from Kosovo to the EU have been arrested in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Kosovo.  
The European Commission adopted today a communication taking stock of the main tools in place under the EU Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
The European Commission today has issued two reports today, on how EU States have implemented EU rules on the entry and residence of students, pupils, unremunerated trainees and volunteers and on how EU States have translated EU rules on long-term resident status for migrants into their national
Financial support for managing migration: Commission awards €10.17 million in emergency funding to Slovenia
Today the Commission adopted its fourth Schengen 'health check', a biannual overview on the functioning of the Schengen area.
Ahead of the Leaders Meeting on the Western Balkans Migration Route on 25 October, Commissioners Dimitris Avramopoulos and Violeta Bulc were yesterday in Ljubljana to offer EU technical and financial support and assistance to Slovenia as it copes with a large number of arrivals.
The Commission proposed today to allow visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Moldovan citizens holding a biometric passport.
The fourth Commission report on the implementation by the Republic of Moldova of the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation was published today.
Commissioner Cecilia Malmström welcomes the political agreement reached between the negotiators of the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the proposal to amend the Frontex Regulation.
On 13 April 2015 the Schengen Information System (SIS) – a key tool for national authorities to cooperate to fight terrorism and serious organised crime – becomes operational in the UK.
On 13 April 2016, Brunei notified its decision to lift visa requirements for Croatian citizens.
The Programme Board of the European Cybercrime Centre has identified the need for establishing Advisory Groups to provide guidance to EC3.
For more information: MEMO/13/475: Statement by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström
As of 19 July 2013, for travelling to Europe, non-EU citizens need a valid passport fulfilling the following criteria:
Fighting terrorism and violent extremism is not only a question of security measures. The best prevention is to stop people from getting involved in violent extremist or terrorist activities in the first place, or to convince them to turn away from such ideas and methods.
The European Commission has awarded an amount of €16.43 million in emergency funding to Croatia to support the country in managing the high influx of migrants and improve the situation on the ground.
20/10, the European Commission, in cooperation with the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will organise a conference to mark the Ninth EU Anti-Trafficking Day, with the participation of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, experts, civil society and MEPs.