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Latest European and International developments on migration and asylum issues 2012

Date Published: 06-12-2012

6 December 2012


  • New figures from Eurostat show that EU27 Member States granted citizenship to approximately 810,000 persons in 2010. Ireland granted citizenship to 6,400 in 2010, which represents an increase of 42 per cent on 2009 figures (4,500). During 2010, the largest groups that acquired citizenship of Ireland were citizens of Nigeria, Philippines and India.
  • Eurostat’s EU in the world 2013 provides a snapshot of official world statistics including details on population and asylum applications. 




15 November 2012

Case Law 

  • European Court of Justice judgment (C-40/11) that a third-country national who resides legally in the Member State of origin of his daughter and his spouse, while they have moved to another Member State, cannot rely on their EU citizenship in order to base his right of residence on EU law.






23 October 2012

  • Commissioner Malmström attends a conference on Working together towards eradication of trafficking in human beings: the way forward to mark the 6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day on 18 October 2012 . The conference focused on the recently adopted EU Strategy on Trafficking in Human Beings.
  • Anna Terrón Cusí is appointed as Special Adviser to Commissioner Malmström on migration and mobility issues in relation with North Africa.
  • The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) launches its new website www.easo.europa.eu.
  • PICUM launch a webdocumentary entitled “Undocumentary”, with five thematic chapters (Criminalisation, Work, Women, Children and Health Care) including interviews from undocumented migrants, advocates and experts from seven European countries (Belgium, Cyprus, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Sweden).



  • First issue of UniteEurope newsletter aims to support local decision makers and pan-European organisations in the realm of migrant integration.
  • October issue of PICUM Bulletin provides an update on the issue of undocumented migrants in Europe and the rest world.
  • Latest COFACE newsletter includes an article on Families across borders: the family impact of economic migration.
  • Fundamental Rights Agency issue October 2012 newsletter.

Call for Papers/Nominations


21 September 2012

Reports / Newsletters

Case Law

 Call for papers


22 August 2012


20 July 2012

  • The European Commission adopt a decision to harmonize procedures for issuing short stay visas in the United Kingdom.  From now on visa applicants residing in the United Kingdom should present the same set of documents supporting their application for a short stay visa, irrespectively of which Member States' consulate is in charge of examining the application.
  • The European Commission launch a new dialogue with Southern Mediterranean countries on higher education policies and programmes to assess the challenges faced in higher education and how the EU can strengthen its cooperation and support for them in the future.
  • The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament call for a permanent system for relocating internationally protected persons within the EU which would help to improve asylum policy solidarity among EU Member States.  Suggestions include an "EU distribution key" for relocating beneficiaries of international protection which would use objective indicators, such as Member States' GDP, population, surface area and beneficiaries' best interests and integration prospects.
  • The European Commission announce a call for proposals under its Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7).  Under Theme 8, “Social Sciences and Humanities” the topic of temporary migration and mobility patterns is considered.    
  • A Eurostat release on marriages with foreign-born persons in 30 European countries shows that for period 2008-10, one in 12 married persons was in a mixed marriage[1].

[1] A mixed marriage is a defined as a marriage between a native-born person living in a country and someone born abroad

Reports / Newsletters

27 June 2012

Case law
  • European Court of Justice opinion that EU law can confer on a parent, who is a third-country national and has custody rights, a right of residence in his child’s State of origin if that child has moved with the other parent to another Member State.
  • European Court of Justice judgment C-611/10 and C-612/10 that EU law does not prevent a Member State from granting family benefits to posted or seasonal workers in respect of whom it is not, in principle, the competent Member State.
  • European Court of Justice judgment C-15/11 that during a transitional period of up to five years following Bulgaria's accession to the EU, the conditions of access by Bulgarian students to the labour market of another Member State may not be more restrictive than those applicable to students who are third-country national.    
  • European Court of Justice judgment C-606/10 that EU law does not preclude French rules which ban the re-entry into France of third-country nationals who are holders of a temporary residence permit in the absence of a re-entry visa.
  • European Court of Justice judgment that criminal offences covered by the concept of “particularly serious crime” referred to in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union may justify deporting an EU citizen, even if that person has lived for more than ten years in the host Member State.
Reports / Newsletters

1 June 2012

  • New proposal by the European Commission aims to improve the overall efficiency of the EURODAC system - a biometric database for comparing fingerprints of asylum seekers which ensures proper implementation of the Dublin Regulation.  The proposal addresses data protection requirements, provides deadlines for transmission of data and ensures compatibility with asylum legislation. The proposal will also enable progress in the development the EU's Common European Asylum System.

22 May 2012

Case Law
  • European Court of Justice judgment that a Member State cannot impose excessive and disproportionate charges for the grant of residence permits to third-country nationals who are long-term residents and to members of their families.
  • European Court of Justice judgment that EU law precludes national or regional legislation which treats third-country nationals who are long-term residents differently from EU citizens with regard to the allocation of funds for housing benefit.

19 April 2012

Courses and Summer Schools at European level

14 March 2012

  • The Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting of 8 March finalised conclusions regarding the strengthening of Schengen governance; adopted conclusions on a common framework for solidarity towards member states facing particular pressures on their asylum systems, including through mixed migration flows; looked at proposals to improve the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and adopted common EU resettlement priorities for 2013.
  • Address by Commissioner MALMSTRÖM on economic migration at Seminar on 'Europe's labour migration policy: The Swedish solution' hosted by the Permanent Representation of Sweden to Belgium.
  • European Court of Justice opinion on expulsion of a Union citizen who has lived more than ten years in the host Member State can be subject to an expulsion process where his criminal conduct endangers public security (C-348/09).

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