Report from the European Commission on progress made under the European Agenda on Migration, March 2018

Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission is reporting today on progress made under the European Agenda on Migration and sets out further key actions to be taken, including as set out in the Commission’s roadmap from December 2017 towards a comprehensive deal on migration by June 2018.

The decrease in irregular arrivals has been confirmed throughout 2017 and the first months of 2018, while work is ongoing to save lives, tackle root causes, protect Europe’s external borders, and further strengthen cooperation with international partners. However, with the overall situation remaining fragile, additional efforts, notably stepped up financial resources, will be needed jointly from the Member States and the EU to ensure a continued, effective response to the migration challenge.

Commutlines progress on 4 main policy areas;

1.) Saving lives and addressing root causes;

2.) Reinforcing external border management;

3.) Delivering on return and readmission;

4.) Relocation almost finalised, time for a renewed boost for resettlement;

The key actions which needs to be taken further are the following;

  • Dublin reform: Work towards a comprehensive agreement on a sustainable migration policy by June 2018 must be intensified in line with the Commission’s political roadmap from December 2017
  • Joint AU – EU – UN Taskforce:Work will continue to help people to leave Libya and with the Libyan authorities towards eliminating the systematic detention of migrants.
  • EU Trust Fund for Africa: To continue supporting programmes in all 3 geographical windows, Member States need to secure adequate contributions to fill any emerging funding gaps.
  • External Investment Plan: Member States should provide additional funding to enhance the effectiveness and reach of the External Investment Plan.
  • External borders: Preparations of the technical and operational strategy for European Integrated Border Management should be taken forward swiftly. Within the European Border and Coast Guard, pledging gaps for both experts and technical equipment should be filled urgently by Member States.
  • Return: While work to conclude further readmission arrangements and agreements must be intensified, Member States should now make full use of those agreed by swiftly returning more persons in the context of operations organised by the European Border and Coast Guard.
  • Resettlement: Member States should swiftly start resettlements under the new scheme for priority countries. Resettlements of refugees evacuated from Libya under the Emergency Transit Mechanism should be urgently implemented.
  • EU-Turkey Statement: In addition to the mobilisation of the second tranche of €3 billion of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, for their part, theGreek authorities should accelerate work on improving returns under the Statement, including through the planned changes to its asylum legislation. Work must also be stepped up to provide adequate reception conditions in the hotspots. The Council should activate the Voluntary Humanitarian Admission Scheme to ensure the continuation of resettlements from Turkey.

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