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European Commission Communication on Migration

Date Published: 12-05-2011

On 12 May 2011, the European Commission Communication on Migration COM(2011) 248 was presented to an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting. Comprising of initiatives for a more ‘structured, comprehensive, rapid-response approach from the EU to the challenges and opportunities of migration’, the Commission Communication covers various aspects of migration such as:

  • Completion of the Common European Asylum System by 2012
  • Strengthened border control and Schengen governance to address irregular migration
  • Better targeted legal migration into the EU
  • Sharing of best practices in Member States’ approaches to the integration of legal immigrants in the EU
  • A strategic approach for relations with third countries on migration.

These initiatives come in addition to the urgent short-term measures already taken by the Commission to deal with the migration situation in the Mediterranean.

A migration-focused discussion will take place at the European Council on 24 June 2011 and will be followed by flanking initiatives in the coming weeks and months, notably a migration 'package' to be submitted to the College for adoption on 24 May 2011.

For more information:

Read Justice and Home Affairs Press Release (12 May 2011)
Read European Commission Press Release (4 May 2011)

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