Category Archives: Migration

Report: together in the EU

together-in-the-euRisk of school segregation, discrimination and restrictions to political participation can form insurmountable barriers to the integration of migrants in EU society, as a new report from the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) shows.

It examines integration strategies across the EU, providing clear evidence of the successes and failures of current policy and recommending changes in order to build a stronger and more cohesive Europe.

An accompanying infographic illustrates some of the main issues when it comes to integrating migrants and their descendants in the EU.

Malta takes over the EU Council presidency


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Malta will hold the rotating EU Council presidency from January to July 2017.  This is the first time Malta has held the presidency. More information on what the role involves is available here. The six priorities identified by the Maltese government for its presidency are:

  • Migration
  • Single market
  • Security
  • Social inclusion
  • Europe’s neighbourhood
  • Maritime security

A briefing note from the European Parliament Think Tanks looks at these priorities and at other ongoing issues the European Parliament will need to address during this time.

You can follow the Maltese presidency on Facebook.


World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul


the first ever World Humanitarian Summit commences today in Istanbul.

Today, some 125 million men, women and children worldwide are in need of humanitarian aid. At this critical time, the international community will come together at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul from 23-24 May to rethink the way relief aid is delivered. As a major humanitarian donor and key policy-setter, the EU has an important role to play and has agreed with its Member States on a common vision for how to reshape the global humanitarian system.

You can follow live coverage of the event at the official WHS website.

Check out the video below for a short summary on the role the EU will play at this global event.

Aberdeen lecturer’s article in ‘The Conversation’: Why is Sweden tightening its borders after years of welcoming migrants?


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Dr Anders Widfeldt, a lecturer in Nordic Politics at the University, has written an article for The Conversation entitled Why is Sweden tightening its borders after years of welcoming migrants? 

If you are interested in this subject more information can be found on European Sources Online (ESO)Started and maintained by Ian Thomson of The European Documentation Centre at Cardiff University, this is one of the most comprehensive sources of information available on the EU, the countries of Europe and the issues of concern to their citizens.  ESO collects information from a wide variety of reliable sources from all over the web and is updated on a daily basis.

Information from the European Union on migration is available here.

Update: ‘EU Agenda for Migration’ – specific measures announced

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Following the Agenda for Migration, the European Commission has announced specific measures to respond to the current situation. These measures include an emergency relocation scheme to assist Italy and Greece; a resettlement plan, and measures to prevent migrant smuggling.

Under earlier Treaties the UK and Ireland can choose whether they wish to “opt in” to the relocation scheme.

Further information is available from the European Commission press release on the 27th of May.

EU Information on the ongoing migration crisis

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In the news:
Thousands of migrants putting their lives in danger while trying to cross the Mediterranean has shocked the world. Migration is one of the 10 stated priorities of the Juncker Commission.

In response to the developing crisis, the Commission issued A European Agenda on Migration on the 13th of May.

Further information on the European Agenda on Migration is available from the Migration and Home Affairs DG.

Watch President Juncker’s announcement (in French) on migration below.