EU adopts new migration strategy on voluntary return and reintegration
The European Commission announced earlier this week that the Union is adopting the EU’s first migration strategy on the voluntary return and reintegration of migrants who have reached European shores.
The strategy promotes voluntary return and reintegration as an integral part of a common European return system, a key objective of the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.
According to European officials, the new strategy on migration at European level sets out practical measures to strengthen the legal and operational framework for voluntary returns from Europe and transit countries, improve the quality of return and reintegration programs, establish effective better links with development initiatives and strengthen cooperation with partner countries.
Making a statement on the occasion, the Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for promoting our European way of life, Margaritis Schinas, said that “the EU is building a new ecosystem on returns – in seeking to increase cooperation on readmission, improve framework governance, endow Frontex with a new operational mandate on returns and appoint a European coordinator for returns. “
Schinas also noted that “today’s strategy on voluntary returns and reintegration is another piece of this puzzle. Returns are most effective when they are voluntary and accompanied by genuine reintegration options for returnees and this strategy will develop a more uniform and coordinated approach among Member States to unlock their full potential. “
The new EU migration strategy
According to the plans of EU officials, gaps between asylum and return procedures, challenges in preventing leaks, insufficient resources, lack of data, overall fragmentation and limited administrative capacity monitoring of return decisions, all contribute to the low use of voluntary return programs ”.
Thanks to the proposal to recast the “Return Directive”, the amended proposal for a regulation on asylum procedures, the regulation on asylum and migration management and the revised Eurodac regulation, the Commission “will continue to implement establish rapid and fair common rules and procedures for asylum and return. , monitor the provision of return and reintegration assistance and reduce the risk of unauthorized movements. “
Through its strengthened mandate, Frontex can support member states at all stages of the voluntary return and reintegration process, including pre-return counseling, post-arrival support and monitoring of aid effectiveness. on reinstatement.
The Return Coordinator and the High Level Return Network will provide additional technical support to Member States to bring together different strands of the EU return policy.
In addition, the European Union intends to strengthen its cooperation with neighboring countries which play a crucial role in managing the flow of migrants to Europe.
“Cooperation on voluntary return and reintegration is a key aspect of the migration partnerships that the EU will strengthen under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The EU will support the ownership of reintegration processes in partner countries by building capacity, providing staff with the necessary skills or supporting governance structures to meet the specific economic, social and psychosocial needs of returnees, ”said the Commission.
“The EU will also continue to provide assistance for the voluntary return and reintegration of migrants stranded in other countries, including by exploring new partnerships. Finally, the EU will strengthen the links between reintegration programs and other relevant development initiatives in partner countries. The Commission will ensure a more coordinated use of the financial resources that will be available under different European funds to support the entire process of voluntary return and reintegration, ”said the announcement from Brussels.