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Friday, 28 February 2014

EU's external migration policy: a bolder approach

In a report adopted today the European Commission looks at the main developments within the EU's external migration policy in 2012 and 2013. Two years after the launch of the renewed Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM) important achievements in strengthening dialogue and cooperation are reported, while recognizing that more should be done to make further progress.
Efforts to address the realities of an increasing international mobility must match the needs and priorities of all stakeholders. This requires a better use of existing tools, such as Mobility Partnerships and common visa rules. There is also a need to reinforce the participation of EU Member States where possible when implementing EU policies.
The Mobility Partnerships have proven to be useful tools for addressing migration and asylum issues in a mutually beneficial way. They establish a set of political objectives and provide a structure for discussions and cooperation. So far, Mobility Partnerships have been concluded with six countries: Moldova (2008), Cape Verde (2008), Georgia (2009), Armenia (2011), Morocco (2013) and Azerbaijan (2013). Discussions on a Mobility Partnership with Tunisia have been concluded (November 2013) and its signing is imminent. Furthermore, discussions have begun with Jordan (December 2013).
More work should also be done with regard to refugee protection and human rights. For instance, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) could play a greater role in improving asylum and reception capacities in non-EU countries, including within the framework of Mobility Partnerships. There is also room to improve the use of Regional Protection Programmes, in particular through longer-term engagement and funding.

Source: European Commission

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