6 March 2019 European Agenda on Migration urges EU to sustain progress made over past 4 years

In a Communication released on 6 March, the European Commission (EC) took stock of progress made over the past 4 years in the implementation of the European Agenda on Migration and set out a list of measures still required to address immediate and future migration challenges. The EC acknowledged the efforts made to inter alia curb the irregular flows, to contribute to rescues at sea and to assist asylum seekers, displaced and refugees through a number of programmes. The immediate measures needed include: supporting Morocco’s border management efforts, improving the conditions of refugees in Libya, helping Greece with migration management and provide with temporary arrangements for disembarkation. The four pillars of the European Agenda on Migration are (1) tackling the drivers of irregular migration through EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the fight against smuggling and trafficking networks, a step up in return and readmission and the EC proposal on return; (2) a stronger border management through the European Border and Coast Guard Agency; (3) protection and asylum by providing support to refugees and displaced people and (4) legal migration and integration.