DG Migration and Home Affairs policy portfolio comprises migration and asylum, internal security including cooperation with industry and the Europe for Citizens programme. The first area 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.
A common migration policy will help Europe take advantage of the opportunities and tackle the challenges of increased cross-border mobility.
In 2014, 276 113 migrants entered the EU irregularly via land, air and sea routes. Most migrants have recourse to criminal networks of smugglers.
The CEAS will harmonise European standards to better protect refugees, while preventing abuses of national asylum systems.
The EU's common external border calls for EU States' cooperation on border control and visa policy to ensure freedom and security within Europe.
The security industry is one of the sectors with the highest potential for growth and employment in the EU. Over the last ten years the global security market has grown nearly tenfold from ~€10 billion to a market size of ~€100 billion in 2011.
We help EU States in taking consistent action to effectively prevent and counter the many facets of modern organised crime.
The evolution of information communication technology has also seen the development of criminal activity that threatens citizens, businesses, governments and critical infrastructures alike: cybercrime.
Our counter-terrorism strategy consists of preventing radicalisation, protecting citizens, pursuing terrorist and responding to attacks.
We help national law enforcement authorities in cooperating more effectively to better protect citizens against cross-border organised crime and terrorism.
Our cooperation with non-EU countries focuses on the management of migration flows and the tackling of common security challenges.
The aim of this programme is to contribute to citizens' understanding of the EU, its history and diversity and foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at EU level.
The European Agenda on Migration implements the Political Guidelines of the European Commission in the area of migration
The European Agenda on Security implements the Political Guidelines of the European Commission in the area of security