Commission's latest proposals: three year internal border controls, swifter returns, ensure relocations
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The European Commission has announced a swathe of plans and proposals that will allow three-year internal border controls in the Schengen area; introduce an expanded, 50,000-place EU resettlement scheme for refugees backed by 500 million; attempt to increase the number of returns, including by "significantly reinforcing" Frontex's return operations; and inviting the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) "to coordinate a pilot project on private sponsorship schemes with interested Member States."
Schengen: press release, Q&A, factsheet (pdfs)
- Preserving and strengthening Schengen to improve security and safeguard Europe's freedoms (European Commission press release)
- Questions & Answers: Preserving and strengthening the Schengen area
- Factsheet: The updated Schengen rules, September 2017
Schengen: Communication, proposal for a Regulation, Recommendation (pdfs)
- Communication on preserving and strengthening Schengen
- Proposal for a Regulation amending the rules applicable to the temporary reintroduction of border control at internal border
- Recommendation on the implementation of the provisions of the Schengen Borders Code on temporary reintroduction of border control at internal borders in the Schengen area
See: EU border controls could be extended in crisis, Commission says (Reuters, link):
"Temporary border controls inside the European Unions free-travel zone could be extended for up to three years during a crisis, the European Commission proposed on Wednesday, giving it more leeway to stem migration.
The proposal by the EU executive comes as border controls in Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Norway expire, part of the European Unions response to a surge of refugees and migrants in November 2015 that tested EU rules on passport-free travel."
Migration and asylum: press release, factsheets (pdfs)
- Commission presents next steps towards a stronger, more effective and fairer EU migration and asylum policy (European Commission press release)
- Factsheet: Towards and efficient and credible EU return policy
- Factsheet: Opening legal pathways to Europe
- Factsheet: Relocation sharing responsibility: September 2017
Migration and asylum: Communication, Recommendations
- Communication on the delivery of the European Agenda on Migration
- Recommendation on ensuring effective legal pathways to Europe
- Recommendation establishing a common Return Handbook
- Annex: Return Handbook
See: EU seeks to resettle more refugees from North Africa (Associated Press, link):
"The European Union unveiled a new plan Wednesday to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, the majority of them from northern Africa.
The EUs executive branch, the European Commission, said it has set aside 500 million euros ($587 million) for the effort. It wants refugees in Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopia to be the focus.
Libya is the main jumping-off point for many people willing to brave potentially perilous sea voyages across the Mediterranean in search of better lives in Europe. Egypt, Sudan, Chad and Niger one of the main migrant transit countries in Africa all border Libya."
And on returns: New 'Return Handook' to assist Member States in bypassing human rights safeguards in migrant removals (Statewatch News Online, 27 September 2017)
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