What the Commission is doing

The Commission is developing a common migration and asylum policy to manage the refugee crisis. It will help Europe both to take advantage of the opportunities and to tackle the challenges of increased cross-border mobility. This involves:

  • protecting those in need of shelter
  • curbing irregular migration
  • saving lives at sea and securing the EU’s external borders
  • guaranteeing free movement of people within the Schengen area
  • better organisation of legal migration
  • better integration of non-EU nationals into EU societies
Objectives
  • ensure all EU countries fully implement the Common European Asylum System (CEAS)
  • reduce the incentives for irregular migration, fight smuggling and increase the effectiveness of return policies
  • protect our external borders better, thanks to increased funding and a more prominent role for the European border agency Frontex
  • safeguard the functioning of the internal border‑free Schengen zone
  • promote legal migration of persons with skills needed in Europe
  • cooperate more closely with non-EU countries to smooth repatriation of irregular migrants