Category Archives: Migration

Research briefings on Brexit

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The Libraries of the House of Commons and House of Lords and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) produce research briefings on a wide range of issues. Intended to aid the work of members of the Houses of Parliament by providing relevant background material they are also useful to anyone starting to research a current topic.

Recent titles on how leaving the EU will affect different policy areas in the UK include:

Importance of trade with the EU for UK industries: Examines the importance of trade with the EU for the sectors and industries of the UK economy.

Employment of other EU nationals in the UK: Provides statistics on nationals of other EU countries working in the UK.

Brexit: the July negotiations: What happened at the second round of Brexit negotiations?

Brexit negotiations: The Irish border question: One of the three main areas of discussion in the first phase of Brexit negotiations.

Some titles that have recently been updated include:

Brexit: a reading list of post-EU Referendum publications by Parliament and the Devolved Assemblies (updated 8 August 2017) briefing and reports from the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The UK’s contribution to the EU budget. (updated 31 July 2017):  how the UK contributes and how much it receives back.

Brexit: the exit bill (updated 31 July 2017): the issues related to the UK’s financial contribution to the EU after Brexit.

Brexit and data protection (updated 27 July 2017): reforms of EU data protection law and what might happen after Brexit.

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Brexit and Professional Sport

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A new briefing paper by the House of Lords Library looks both at the possible impact of migration negotiations on the status of sports professional in the UK and at the potential economic impact of Brexit on football, rugby and cricket.  The full report is available here.

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

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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.