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15 June 2022

EMN annual report on migration and asylum 2021

European Migration Network

The European Migration Network (EMN) published its annual report on migration and asylum, providing an overview of key trends and developments in EU countries, Norway and Georgia in 2021.

There were several significant developments in migration and asylum in 2021. EU countries continued to experience the effects of the COVID-19 health crisis on integration, labour market needs and migrant living conditions, typically extending the right to stay for certain third-country nationals (TCNs), introducing or adjusting existing travel restrictions, and implementing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in reception centres. Political unrest elsewhere in the world also led to increased pressure on European asylum and reception systems, once again highlighting the need for more effective migration management systems and increased effort to ensure the protection of refugees.

Some EU countries adopted national integration strategies, including new integration projects, revisions to national regulations and solutions for improved access to existing integration activities. These largely emphasise language education as a key prerequisite for integration. Another important trend was increased responsibility and funding for municipal activities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and local integration efforts. This was mainly driven by the need to provide better access to services in areas home to migrants.

Access the EMN annual report on migration and asylum 2021 online here.

Read the brief 'inform' on the annual report here.

Read the 'flash' summary of the annual report here.

EMN annual report on migration and asylum 2021
(3.07 MB - PDF)


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