Yesterday, the European Commission presented its European Agenda on Migration, "outlining the immediate measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean as well as the steps to be taken in the coming years to better manage migration in all its aspects." The Agenda also includes a two-pronged plan to relocate and resettle refugees across Member States. See the Annex for more information.
For highlights of the proposed measures, read this IRIN analysis and this EU Law Analysis blog post. Here is UNHCR's position on the EC's migration agenda. See also other reactions from Amnesty International and IOM. And for a series of questions to consider about the refugee sharing scheme, visit Storify.
These two EPRS items provide overviews of the relevant international organizations involved and the legal framework for dealing with refugees and migrants.
Boat People and Gunships in the Mediterranean (Inside Story, May 2015) [text]
A Comparative Legal Approach to the Protection of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the European Union: With a Focus on the Principle of Non-Refoulement (SSRN, May 2014) [text]
EU Asylum Policy: In Search of Solidarity and Access to Protection, Policy Brief, no. 2015/06 (Migration Policy Centre, May 2015) [text]
The European Asylum Crisis: Towards Collective Reception and Fair Quotas, To the Point, no. 2015-1 (Expert Council of German Foundations on Migration and Integration, May 2015) [text]
Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean (CONCORD, May 2015) [text via ReliefWeb]
Mutual Recognition of Positive Asylum Decisions in the European Union (FREE Group Blog, May 2015) [text]
October 3 Could Become an Official Day to Remember Fallen Migrants (Open Society Foundations, May 2015) [text]
Should Europe Open its Borders or Shore Them up? (IRIN, May 2015) [text]
- News: Launch of EU Border Deaths Database (12 May 2015)
- Regional Focus: Europe (11 May 2015)