Thursday, 10 March 2011

Migration Watch UK on 2010

Migration Watch UK just published an overview of the 2010 policy developments at EU level in the areas of asylum and immigration, with a focus on the UK’s choices to opt in or out of the various measures.

With regard to EASO, the following is mentioned:

“As regards, illegal immigration, the Council has established a common position on Commission proposals to establish a European Asylum Support Office and to strengthen the operations of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the EU (FRONTEX) first established in 2004...

...In addition to these five legislative proposals governing Member States’ operation of asylum procedures the Commission also put forward in 2009 a proposal to establish a European Asylum Support Office (EASO) to provide help and advice to Member States facing difficulties in handling large numbers of asylum/international protection seekers...

...The UK has opted into the proposals to amend the Dublin and EURODAC Regulations and into the Regulation setting up EASO but opted out of the new Reception Conditions Directive, the Long-Term Residents Directive and the Qualifications Directive...

...The Council of Ministers also reached a “common position” at its first reading on acceptance of the Commission’s proposal to establish the EASO, which is now under consideration by the EP.”

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