European Commission: Communication on the future of EU Home Affairs policies

Friday, March 14, 2014

As the Justice and Home Affairs Stockholm programme comes to an end in December 2014, the European Commission has published a Communication on the Future of EU Home Affairs policies. As regards asylum, the Commission stresses the need to ensure a more ‘orderly’ arrival of asylum seekers, reducing the occurrences of human smuggling and human tragedies during travel to Europe. According to the Commission, the EU’s commitment to resettlement needs to be increased and Protected Entry Procedures – which would enable people to claim asylum without undertaking a risky journey to reach the EU borders – could complement resettlement. The Commission also proposes to initiate a feasibility study on possible joint processing of asylum claims outside of the EU – without affecting the right to claim asylum within the EU Member States. The European Commission stresses the need for Member States to support others which are facing high temporary pressure on their asylum systems and to explore ways of achieving more responsibility sharing between Member States.

Earlier this year, ECRE submitted its recommendations on the future of EU asylum and migration policies.

Read the Commission’s Communication, press release, and accompanying statistics.

14 March 2014

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