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The EMN can look forward to another busy and interesting year, with many opportunities to support the EU and national policymaking process. Key activities include the production of two new studies, one exploring the extent to which Visa Policy is used as a Migration Channel, and the second looking at practical approaches of Member States to combat irregular migration. Read more...
The EMN will also update its 2009 study on the Organisation of Asylum and Migration Policy in the Member States. The EMN Work Programme 2011 also includes, like every year, the preparation of the Annual Policy Report (see also the article below on the 2010 Annual Policy Report) and the Annual Report on Migration and International Protection Statistics. The EMN will, of course, also continue its “running” activities like networking at international, EU and national levels, collecting information, including the Ad-Hoc Queries and working on the EMN Glossary and Thesaurus. Finally, the two studies undertaken by the EMN in 2010, namely on “Satisfying Labour Demand through Migration” and “Temporary and Circular Migration” will be completed and published.
A network co-ordinated by the European Commission, with the support of two Service Providers, in co-operation with National Contact Points (EMN NCPs) established in each Member State, plus Norway. Its purpose is to provide up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum with a view to supporting policymaking in the European Union in these areas, as well as to the wider public. More information, as well as its various outputs, is available from the EMN website at http://www.emn.europa.eu
During the first half of 2011, the EMN will be evaluated by an independent team of evaluators from the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES). The evaluation will look at the extent to which the EMN is meeting its objectives as set out in Council Decision 2008/381/EC establishing the network, whether it is achieving these objectives in an effective and efficient manner, and if any improvements or changes to its current mandate, structure and functions should be considered.
The evaluation will, inter alia, look at the role of the EMN NCPs, the extent of networking, the role of Ad-Hoc Queries and information collection activities. The visibility of the EMN, as well as how it is being perceived by other stakeholders, is also an important part of the evaluation.
For this purpose, a survey will be launched in February 2011 and all readers of the EMN Newsletter are strongly encouraged to participate in this short survey by visiting: http://www.cses.co.uk/survey/EMN/intro.htm, as your views and suggestions are of great value to us!
The EMN’s second contribution to the Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum
The EMN is again making an important contribution to the Second Annual Report on Immigration and Asylum (2010), by providing factual information on relevant policy, legislative and other developments during 2010. For this year’s exercise, the EMN NCPs were requested to provide information also on relevant asylum and migration objectives in the Stockholm Programme and its accompanying Action Plan. This information, completed by the EMN NCPs at the end of December 2010, is currently being elaborated into a comparative summary, which will form the basis of the 2011 Working Paper of the Commission. It is expected that the Commission’s report will be sent to the Council in May 2011, with Council Conclusions following one or two months later and possibly a debate on asylum and migration at the June European Council. Read more...
Soon available: EMN study Circular and Temporary Migration
In the second half of 2010, the EMN launched a study on two specific forms of migration, namely Circular and Temporary migration. The Synthesis Report of the study, which will be based on the National Reports from the EMN NCPs, will become available in the first half of 2011. The EMN study will also be highly relevant for the planned Communication by the European Commission on migration and development, which will look at circular migration, as well as other ways to promote migration and development, such as mechanisms to facilitate remittances and the development of Diaspora networks.
The EMN study will seek to understand the characteristics of circular and repetitive migration patterns and temporary labour migration, looking at third-country nationals moving to the EU for short-term employment, seasonal work and research, as well as at settled migrants, living in the EU, moving temporarily to their countries of origin. Specific attention will be paid to the policy preferences of the Member States, the mechanisms, criteria and conditions applied and trends in temporary and circular migration.
This article provides a “sneak preview” of the key issues at stake, as well as information on related work by other organisations, such as the Task Force of the European Policy Centre (EPC). Read more...
Meet the Italian (IT) EMN NCP
The Italian (IT) EMN NCP is composed of the Italian Ministry of Interior, the Department of Civil Liberties and Immigration, Central Directorate Immigration and Asylum Policy, which acts as the official coordinator of the EMN and the IDOS Study and Research Centre, including the researchers of the Immigration Statistics Dossier, an annual report on migration issued since 1991.
The IT EMN NCP was one of the first members of the EMN, already involved in the pilot phase of the network, launched in 2003. Since then, the team has been actively contributing to all activities of the EMN, including the production of Annual Policy Reports, the Annual Statistical Report and all other EMN studies. On their website, the IT EMN NCP also provides interesting information and links to Italian studies and publications, in particular statistical reports produced by a range of different national and local stakeholders, including the national statistical office, the Ministry, IDOS itself, as well as regional and provincial observatories. Read more...
For more information on the IT EMN NCP, please visit their website http://www.emnitaly.it or contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Meet the Norwegian (NO) EMN NCP
The Norwegian (NO) EMN NCP is composed of the Immigration Department (INN) of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police (JD), acting as the official coordinator of the NCP, in addition to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) and the Institute of Social Research (ISF). Read more...
For more information on NO EMN NCP, please visit their website http://www.emnnorway.no or contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Hungarian (HU) EMN NCP
The Hungarian (HU EMN NCP) is led by the Department of European Cooperation, within the Ministry of Interior. The Department is responsible for the elaboration and co-ordination of migration, asylum and integration policies and supervises the work of the Office of Immigration and Nationality, which implements national asylum and migration policy, including the registration of immigrants, policing tasks with respect to foreigners and the administration of the international protection system. The Department also manages the European Integration Fund, the European Refugee Fund and the European Return Fund, which are part of the European Commission’s General Programme on Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows. Read more...
For more information on the HU EMN NCP, please visit their website http://www.emnhungary.hu or contact them at: email@example.com.
In 2010 EMN NCPs not only had to prepare several studies and reports, but also invested substantial efforts in the creation, or expansion, of their National Networks. Networking is important for the successful operation of the EMN, as it allows stakeholders to exchange information and to build partnerships with a range of stakeholders active in the area of migration and asylum, such as Ministerial departments, statistical officers, regional / local authorities, research institutes and non-governmental stakeholders. Often, the National Networks also have an important function in developing EMN studies and reports, as network partners can provide expert insights and refer the EMN NCPs to existing relevant information sources. During 2010, nearly every EMN NCP organised one or more national network meetings and other events involving their network partners. Read more...
Have your say about the future funding of Home Affairs policies
The Commission is reviewing the current EU budget and planning for its new budget, covering the period after 2013. In order to ask the views of stakeholders about how well the current financial instruments (including the EMN) meet the needs of the Home Affairs policy area, how efficient these are and how they can be improved in the future and bring more added value, a public consultation has been launched, open until 6th March 2011 and accessible at: http://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/news/consulting_public/consulting_0020_en.htm.
New website to help fight human trafficking
On 22nd December 2010, the Commission launched a new website, dedicated to the fight against trafficking in human beings. The website provides information on EU policy, links to relevant EU and international legislation and case law, as well as Member States information pages. The new website can be accessed at: http://ec.europa.eu/anti-trafficking. On the same day, the Commission also appointed Ms Myria Vassiliadou as Anti-Trafficking Coordinator , to provide for an overall strategic and policy orientation in the field of trafficking in human beings. The Anti-Trafficking Coordination is expected to improve coordination and coherence between EU institutions, agencies and Member States and to contribute to relevant policy developments. On a closely related matter, the Directive on trafficking in human beings has been adopted by the European Parliament
Eurostat Conference on Statistics for policy making: Europe 2020
Eurostat is organising a Conference on "Statistics for policymaking: Europe 2020, on 10th and 11th March 2011 in Brussels. The aim of the conference is to bring together politicians and statisticians in a dialogue about how to shape statistics underpinning policy making and political decision making. How should indicators be defined so that they measure what politicians want them to measure? How should politicians and statisticians cooperate in order to get the best possible outcome on both sides?
The European Commission has provided an additional €9.8 million and further technical support to Greece on asylum and border issues
Rights of the Child Communication (COM(2011) 60)
Action Plan on visa liberalisation with the Republic of Moldova
Second report on the implementation and functioning of the local border traffic regime set up by Regulation No 1931/2006 (COM(2011) 47)
Determining the technical and operational framework of the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) and the actions to be taken for its establishment
Other EU Communications and reports
ECHR Ruling on Dublin, Case of M.S.S. v. Belgium and Greece and the Commission's response
A recent Eurostat report on remittances indicates that Workers' remittances in the EU-27 (i.e. money sent by migrants to their country of origin) fell by 7% in 2009, corresponding to a total transfers at 30 billion euro
Another Eurostat publication on immigration and emigration data (reference year 2008) indicates that, the EU-27 received a total of 3.8 million immigrants and that at least 2.3 million emigrants left one of the Member States. Compared with 2007, immigration to EU Member States is estimated to have decreased by 6% and emigration has increased by 13%.
With regard to international protection, a Eurostat publication on asylum applicants and first decisions on asylum applications in third quarter 2010, shows that there were around 15 000 fewer applicants registered in the EU-27 during the first nine months of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009
Final Report of the Fundamental Rights Agency on Separated Asylum-seeking children
Launch of the SCOOP initiative: Socio-economic and Humanities Research for Policy, a free monthly News Alert Service supported by the EU's 7th Framework Programme for Research. SCOOP is specifically designed to inform policy makers and the media on research findings within the SSH programme and to support evidence-based policy making.
Other relevant reports
Online release of the IOM LINET study on Migration, Employment and Labour Market Integration Policies in the European Union (2000-2009).
A publication (and inside view) on "The Negotiation of the Return Directive".
Recent EU developments
European Migration Network