Diasporas are an important factor in the development of their countries of origin, primarily in the field of economy, but also in many other sectors (e.g. in education, health, technology). In this context, the EMN National Contact Point for Croatia is organizing the first EMN National Conference titled “Diaspora Engagement in the Development of the Country of Origin” on 22 October 2018 in Dubrovnik. The Conference will gather domestic and foreign experts working on diaspora related issues. Thus, it will provide an opportunity to exchange good practices used in creating and maintaining partner relations between diasporas and their countries of origin acknowledging the important role they have in their countries’ development.More Less
This month President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker introduced new proposals to ensure full EU solidarity on migration and better protection of Europe’s external borders.
These proposals have set a new level of ambition for the EU agencies for asylum and external borders as well as regarding the return procedures.More Less
Thus, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) will transform into a fully-fledged European Union Agency for Asylum, which will have a significantly greater role in managing and supporting all international protection procedures. The Agency will provide stronger technical and operational support to the EU Member States, administrative procedure for international protection and actions under the Dublin system, sending of support teams for migration management, etc. It will work closely together with the EU Border and Coast Guard Agency, which will have executive powers such as identity checks, authorizing or refusing entry at the external borders or intercepting people at the border. However, the Agency for Asylum will not take over the mandate of deciding on international protection requests or the distribution of asylees which will remain the under the authority of individual Member States.Most of them came to seek asylum, however, a significant share also came for other reasons. This Study explores the situation of unaccompanied minors who have been granted a residence permit or issued a return decision and gives the overview of international, EU and national legislation on unaccompanied minors. Furthermore, the Synthesis Report of the Study describes care arrangements, education opportunities, integration measures, family reunification possibilities, access to healthcare, social welfare support, return policies and other aspects of a states’ approach to unaccompanied minors. The Report also covers the approaches to this group after persons turn 18... Finally, the Study gives an insight into the main challenges that the EMN members face in relation to unaccompanied minors following status determination.
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) Annual Report for 2017 on Asylum in the EU presents a comprehensive overview of the events both at European level and at the level of national asylum systems. Through the collected data, the report presents the main statistical developments and analysis of changes in EU+ countries (EU Member States + Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Lichtenstein) in the context of legislation, policy, practice and national case law.More Less
Full Report can be downloaded on the link below:
On 14 June 2018, the German EMN National Contact Point and the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) organized the conference “Unaccompanied Minors in Germany and Europe”. The Conference gathered altogether 90 participants including representatives from EU institutions, ministries and agencies as well as non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and international organizations. The Conference was attended by a representative from the Croatian Ministry of the InteriorMore Less
The Conference was divided into three panels. The first one was devoted to accommodation and care arrangements for unaccompanied minors established since 2015. The panel also covered disappearances of minors, a big problem that is influenced by lengthy procedures for status regulation.
The topic of the second panel was deradicalization and prevention work with unaccompanied minors. The speakers highlighted the importance of counseling and close work with minors, their relatives, teachers and social networks. The representative of the Institute of Islamic Theology at Osnabrück University said that it is crucial to learn and understand more about Islam in order to prevent radicalization.
Finally, the discussion at the third panel ended with experiences from return counseling with unaccompanied minors and young adults, leading to conclusion that all European countries need to harmonize their practices regarding unaccompanied minors.
On 28 September 2018, the EMN National Contact Point of Luxembourg organized National Conference “Attracting and retaining third-country national students and researchers”.
The conference was opened by a representative of the Ministry for Integration, initially pointing out that 48% of the Luxembourg population are foreign nationals and persons of foreign origin. For this very reason, Luxembourg has developed a number of programs for the integration of foreigners, including the ones for asylum seekers. After that the deputy of the Rector of the University of Luxembourg said that they currently have 15% foreign students, 15% of them from outside the EU and that the University actively supports intercultural diversity.More Less
After introductory speeches, in the first panel, a European Commission representative presented the reasons for the adoption of the Directive on the conditions for entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing (EU) 2016/801, and thereafter the Head of the Department for Foreigners in the Directorate for Immigration from Luxembourg spoke about the implementation of this Directive in practice.
The second panel was dedicated to good practices in the EU Member States and were hosted by a representative of the Uppsala University of Sweden, a representative of the Federal Migration and Refugee Office from Germany and representatives of the University of Amsterdam from Netherlands and the University of Tallinn from Estonia.
All speakers emphasized that the number of foreign students in their countries over the last ten years has increased considerably, and the key reason for this is an increase in the number of programs in English. Contrary to this, tuitions as well as other costs of living, uncertainty after graduation and administrative barriers to entry, but also in the regulation of the status, with which students and scientists from third countries are faced, are highlighted as factors that deter foreign students from coming.
The last panel was attended by the representatives of Luxembourg institutions, namely the Employment Office and the University, presenting programs that allow foreign students to stay. At the very end of the panel a third-country national, who graduated from the University of Luxembourg, presented her experience of regulating her stay and the difficulties she encountered during the employment process.
The conference was attended by a representative of the Croatian EMN National Contact Point and a representative of the Central State Office for Croats Abroad.
The Protocol on the treatment of unaccompanied children was adopted at a meeting of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on 30th August 2018.
The importance of this protocol stems from the very fact that unaccompanied children are one of the most vulnerable groups and because of that are subject to various forms of injustice inflicted by the hand of society.
The Swedish EMN National Contact Point is organizing the National Conference on 15 November 2018 in Stockholm. The conference will discuss changing realities in migration and asylum with the accent on identifying recent trends and changing patterns of migration and asylum in EU from a comparative perspective.
“Return and reintegration of third country nationals: How to make it sustainable?” is the main question of the Conference of the EMN National Contact Point of Estonia which will be held on 23 October 2018. This conference explores the current state of play regarding returning third country nationals from the European Union as well as reintegrating them to their countries of origin. The main conference day will be followed by a workshop on 24 October on the state of art technologies in return of TCNs.
Conference of the EMN National Contact Point in Czech Republic will be held on October 9, 2018 in Prague. The conference will be focused on the evaluation of the implementation of the Directive 2004/38/EC (Directive on free movement of EU citizens and their families) and its implications and challenges with regard to the national practice. Czech EMN National Contact Point is Ministry of the Interior – Department for Asylum and Migration Policy.
“Managing migration – from reacting to shaping” is the title of the EMN NCP’s conference which will be held on 4 and 5 October 2018 in Vienna. In the light of Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union the conference will seek to discuss global migration trends, the role of the EU as well as the external dimension of the EU migration policy. Role of the National Contact Point performs IOM Country Office in Austria.