First published on
03 February 2017

Throughout history, people have migrated from one place to another. People try to reach European shores for different reasons and through different channels.

They look for legal pathways, but they also risk their lives, to escape from political oppression, war and poverty, as well as to find family reunification, entrepreneurship, knowledge and education. Every person’s migration tells its own story.

Over the past 20 years, the European Union has put in place some of the highest, common asylum standards in the world. And in the past two years, European migration policy has advanced in leaps and bounds with the European Agenda on Migration proposed by the Juncker Commission in May 2015.

Progressively, a more united approach to dealing with migration is emerging. But there is still work to be done to build up a coherent and comprehensive way of both reaping the benefits and addressing the challenges deriving from migration in the long term.

  • Saving lives
  • Tackling the root causes of migration
  • Reducing flows
  • Protecting our borders
  • Opening safe pathways
  • Showing solidarity at home and abroad


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