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25/05/202134th EMN Bulletin

34th EMN bulletin covers recent developments in migration and asylum.

Read more arrow-right.png30/04/2021New EMN-OECD Inform on the impact of COVID-19 in the migration area

The European Migration Network (EMN) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published updated information on the impact of COVID-19 in the migration area. The new Umbrella Inform completes the joint EMN and OECD Inform series between on the impact of COVID-19 on migration and asylum in the EU Member States and non-EU OECD countries throughout 2020. Updates include changes in border procedures, provision of COVID-19 related healthcare services to migrants, the shifting landscape of the labour market, international protection, international students, and return issues.

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12/03/2021The Republic of Moldova joins the European Migration Network

In March 2021, the Republic of Moldova joined the European Migration Network as observer. The working arrangement represents an important step towards reinforced cooperation in the areas of migration and asylum.

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11/03/2021Georgia joins the European Migration Network

In March 2021, Georgia joined the European Migration Network as observer. The working arrangement represents an important step towards reinforced cooperation in the areas of migration and asylum.

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26/02/2021EMN Report and Webinar: Children in migration

The European Migration Network (EMN) is organising a webinar on “Access to housing and education for children in migration: challenges and good practices” on Wednesday 10 March at 10.00 (CET).

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04/02/202133rd EMN Bulletin

33rd EMN bulletin covers recent developments in migration and asylum

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28/01/2021EMN Roundtable on Sustainable migration from Africa to Europe: briefing paper

The European Migration Network (EMN) and EMN Norway organised an online Roundtable on Sustainable migration from Africa to Europe on 9 December 2020.

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22/01/2021EMN – DG HOME – JRC Roundtable on EU labour migration policy: briefing paper

The first European Migration Network (EMN) Roundtable organised in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and DG HOME took place on 5 November 2020 in a virtual setting.

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13/01/2021Inform & Webinar: “Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on voluntary and forced return procedures and policy responses”

The European Migration Network (EMN) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are organising the 5th webinar on “Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on voluntary and forced return procedures and policy responses” on 20 January at 15:00 CET. This webinar will focus on return.

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08/12/2020EMN Study: Attracting and protecting the rights of seasonal workers in the EU and the United Kingdom

How are seasonal workers attracted and their rights protected in the EU Member States and the UK? According to a new study by the European Migration Network (EMN), many countries aspire to attract seasonal workers from non-EU/EEA countries to fill labour market shortages, typically in agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing sectors. Protecting the rights of seasonal workers is one of the objectives of the Seasonal Workers Directive (EU) which provides for equal treatment of third-country nationals, but also gives Member States power limit their access to certain rights.

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01/12/2020Inform & Webinar: “The impact of COVID-19 on remittances in EU and OECD countries”

The European Migration Network (EMN) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are organising the 4th webinar on “The impact of COVID-19 on remittances in EU and OECD countries” on 1 December at 14:00 CET. This webinar will focus on remittances.

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02/11/202032nd EMN Bulletin

32nd EMN bulletin covers recent developments in migration and asylum

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09/10/2020Inform & Webinar: “Maintaining labour migration in essential sectors in times of pandemic”

This webinar will serve to launch the third EMN-OECD Inform on the impact of COVID-19 in the migration area which focuses on the flows of legal migrant workers in essential sectors in times of pandemic.

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17/09/2020Second EMN OECD Inform: Impact of COVID-19 on international students in EU and OECD Member States”

The global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic made it more difficult for international students to complete the administrative procedures necessary to enrol in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) abroad and to travel to that country to take up studies. Most EU and OECD countries have closed their national borders – with exceptions for some groups - in an effort to contain the spread of the epidemic in their territory, and many universities were also temporarily closed during the pandemic.

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04/09/2020Webinar: “Impact of COVID-19 on international students in EU and OECD Member States”

The European Migration Network (EMN) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are organising the 2nd webinar on the impact of COVID19 in the migration area on 17 September at 10.30 CEST.

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03/08/202031st EMN bulletin covers recent developments in migration and asylum

The new EMN bulletin encloses EU and national developments on migration and asylum from April to June 2020. The Bulletin news flash summarises the key evolutions in a concise format, while the full version of the bulletin provides a more detailed overview. The 31st bulletin also includes a special annex covering national responses to COVID-19.

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30/07/2020First joint EMN-OECD inform published on COVID-19 and migration

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the measures taken to stem the spread of the virus are having impacts on the migration field. The European Migration Network (EMN) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have launched a series of informs on the impact of COVID-19 in different areas of migration in the EU Members States, Norway and the UK. The first inform “EU and OECD Member States responses to managing residence permits and migrant unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic” was released on the 30th of July.

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09/07/2020EMN Study: Pathways to Citizenship in the EU

How have national policies evolved over the past five years in relation to the acquisition of citizenship? What are the criteria and procedures in place, and how costly and long is the process? What type of support do Member States provide to third-country nationals wishing to acquire citizenship?

By exploring the national policies in EU Member States regarding the acquisition of citizenship for third-country nationals, this EMN Study provides a comparative overview of recent trends, frameworks and good practices from 25 Member States.

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17/06/2020Annual Report on Migration and Asylum 2019

THow have national policies evolved over the past five years in relation to the acquisition of citizenship? What are the criteria and procedures in place, and how costly and long is the process? What type of support do Member States provide to third-country nationals wishing to acquire citzenship?

By exploring the national policies in EU Member States regarding the acquisition of citizenship for third-country nationals, this EMN Study provides a comparative overview of recent trends, frameworks and good practices from 25 Member States.

Read more arrow-right.png27/05/2020EMN study: Comparative overview of national protection statuses in the EU and Norway

The latest EMN study provides an update on available national protection statuses since 2010 across the EU, examining the protection grounds, procedures, key rights and content of protection of each type of status.

Do Member States and Norway grant any other forms of protection than those covered by EU asylum legislation? If so, what type of statuses do they grant and what procedures have they put in place to process applications? What are the rights and standards that come with these statuses and how do they compare with the EU-harmonised statuses?

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08/04/2020Missing unaccompanied minors in the EU, Norway and the UK

The phenomenon of unaccompanied migrant children going missing has increasingly been in the focus of public attention in the EU and the Member States. What policies and procedures are in place and how is data on missing children collected in EU Members States, Norway and the UK?

Read more arrow-right.png 13/02/2020EMN Inform package on return counselling

Counselling is a crucial service to ensure that migrants obtain correct information and support to return and reintegrate in their country of origin, as well as about their legal possibilities to remain in Europe. The European Migration Network (EMN) inform package offers an overview of the policies and practices regarding the counselling on return and reintegration opportunities of migrants in the EU Member States and Norway. The three informs have been developed on suggestion of and with the collaboration of IOM.

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27/01/2020EMN Inform: Statelessness in the European Union

How is statelessness determined and what does it mean in terms of access to residence, rights, support and travel documents? The European Migration Network has published an inform on statelessness in the EU Member States and Norway.

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18/12/2019EMN study: Migratory Pathways for Start-ups and Innovative Entrepreneurs in the EU

In recent years, the number of admission schemes for ‘start-ups’ and ‘innovative entrepreneurs’ have increased, both within the EU and globally. At EU level, improving the EU’s attractiveness for foreign entrepreneurs and start-ups forms part of the objective of upgrading the single market and is also in line with EU migration policy objectives, such as tackling demographic change and satisfying labour market needs.

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05/11/2019Beneficiaries of international protection travelling to and contacting authorities of their country of origin

A new study published by the European Migration Network (EMN) offers a comparative overview of the experiences and existing practices in 24 EU Member States*, Norway and Switzerland regarding beneficiaries of international protection who travel back to their country of origin, or who have contact with authorities from these countries. The study also examines the motivations of the individuals in question, and how such cases would be assessed by the national authorities in the countries that granted them refugee status.

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04/09//2019EMN study: Attracting and retaining international students in the EU

The number of non-EU/EEA students coming to the EU to undertake their studies has increased steadily over recent years. The European Migration Network (EMN) has now published a study on 25* EU countries’ efforts to provide opportunities for international students.

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19/08/2019Inform: Policies and practices on return counselling for migrants in EU Member States and Norway

Return counselling has a critical role to play in supporting third-country nationals in making informed decisions about their possibilities to legally stay in Europe or to return, and thus to ensure safe and dignified return.

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27/05/2019New trends in legislation, policies and practise across the EU on Migration and Asylum

2018 marked a decrease of arrivals of asylum seekers and irregular migrants compared to pre-2015 levels. Despite this reduction, Member States and Norway still had to face challenges to manage the integration or return of large number migrants arrived in Europe during the previous years. As a result, Member States and Norway introduced changes in their legislation, policies and measures as a means to foster legal migration pathways, promote inclusion of migrants as well as ensure protection of refugees and vulnerable groups.

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04/04/2019Conference on Effective Alternatives to the Detention of Migrants

International Conference organised jointly by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European Migration Network.

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25/03/2019Visa liberalisation: Strengthening ties between the EU and nationals of third countries

As of 2018, five Western Balkan countries and three Eastern Partnership countries now benefit from visa liberalisation to the EU Schengen area. These countries are deemed safe and well-governed, and have been required to meet several criteria in policy areas such as borders, migration and asylum management, security, external relations and fundamental rights. The European Migration Network (EMN) has now released a study on the impacts on countries of destination, providing insights into trends in 25 EU countries and Norway, following visa liberalisation for nationals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine.

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25/02/2019How to shape sustainable migration policies

“Whether migration is good or bad? is the wrong question - the pertinent question is how much - and what kind of composition - is best?” stated Sir Paul Collier, author of the book “Exodus: How migration is changing our world” (2013). This question marks the starting point for discussion on the key components of a sustainable migration approach, committed to the regulation of migration flows.

Migration is sustainable when:

• It has a democratic mandate i.e. when the volume and composition of migrants are acceptable to the population
• the outcomes of decisions made result in no regrets by all parties involved
• the duty of rescue for both refugees and the ‘bottom billion’ is fulfilled

The conference Sustainable Migration in Europe, organised by the EMN Norway, presented the main pillars of this approach, making it relevant to the current migration policies and debates on sustainable migration in Europe.

Find out more: EMN Norway conference: Sustainable Migration in Europe (2018)

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14/02/2019EMN Study on Labour Market Integration of Third-Country Nationals in EU Member States

The effective integration of first generation migrants from third countries into European host societies is a key and pressing challenge faced by EU Member States. What obstacles do first generation third-country nationals face when looking for a job in the EU? What approaches are Member States taking to help these migrants to integrate into the labour market and society at large? What are the main challenges for both the public and private sectors? Which initiatives have proved to be the most effective, and why? The timely and highly relevant EMN Study on Labour Market Integration of Third-Country Nationals in EU Member States, provides a comprehensive picture based on information collected from 25 countries..

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17/09/2018EMN Annual Conference 2018: Managing Migration – From Reacting to Shaping

Organised by the Austrian NCP in the context of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the EMN Annual Conference 2018 will take place on October 4 and 5 in Vienna.

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11/09/2018How did Member States react to the fluctuations of the influx of asylum seekers in 2014-2016?

In 2014-2016, EU Member States and Norway experienced an unprecedented influx of incoming applicants for international protection: the number of applications for international protection lodged rose from 443 015 in 2013 to peak at 1 320 000 million in 2015 and 1 260 000 million in 2016, though the scale and timing of the peaks differed greatly across European countries.

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13/08/2018EMN Study on Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in the EU plus Norway

The EMN study on 'Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in the EU plus Norway' explores the situation of almost 200 000 unaccompanied minors (UAMs) who have been granted a residence permit or issued a return decision, and the approaches established by the Member States and Norway to their integration or return.

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24/05/2018EMN 10 Year Anniversary conference: key conclusions and summary of the event

To mark the occasion of its 10 year anniversary, the European Migration Network hosted its conference ‘Understanding Migration in the EU: past, present, future’ in Brussels on 15th May 2018, bringing together almost 200 policy makers, researchers and practitioners from EU and national governments, academic institutions, international organisations and from civil society. The key conlusions and a summary of the event are available for download.

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24/05/2018EMN 10 Year Anniversary conference: photo gallery

Photos from the EMN 10 Year Anniversary conference are now available. You can access the photo gallery by clicking the link below.

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16/05/2018EMN 10 Year Anniversary Report

The Anniversary Report takes stock of and presents key trends in asylum and migration flows and policy development over the last 10 years. The Report opens by highlighting how immigration has become an issue of increasing importance to publics across the EU over time, and how sentiments towards immigration from outside the EU have changed as the result of the war in Syria and other crises in the region, emphasising the importance of good migration management to ensure public confidence.

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16/05/2018EMN Annual Report on Migration and Asylum 2017

The EMN Annual Report on Migration and Asylum provides an overview of the most significant EU and national policies as well as legislative developments in the fields of migration and international protection that were developed in 2017.

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08/02/2018EMN publishes the report on the challenges and practices for establishing the identity of third-country nationals in migration procedures

This EMN study Challenges and practices for establishing the identity of third-country nationals in migration procedures is based on contribution from EMN National Contact Points in 26 Member States and Norway, collected via a common template to ensure comparability.

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13/11/2017Joint EMN-OECD event on family migration and illegal employment

A joint European Migration Network & OECD event exploring the topics of family migration and illegal employment took place in Brussels on 9 November 2017.

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12/09/2017EMN publishes the report on illegal employment of third country nationals in the EU

The Study aims to map national policies and practices to prevent, identify and sanction illegal employment in the Member States.

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01/12/2016EMN publishes the EU report “Resettlement and Humanitarian Admission Programmes in Europe – what works?”

This EMN study offers a comprehensive overview of policies and practices on the functioning of resettlement, humanitarian admission programmes and schemes, as well as private sponsorship programmes for refugees in the EU Member States and Norway

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