European Migration Network (EMN)

The EMN provides up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum with a view to supporting policymaking in the EU. Coordinator of the EMN National Contact Point for the Slovak Republic is the International Organization for Migration (IOM). More about the EMN available at www.ec.europa.eu/emn or www.emn.sk.

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European Commission prepared EMN Bulletin’s 29th issue

European Commission’s current issue of the EMN Bulletin informs about actual situation, outputs and statistics in the field of migration, integration and international protection at EU and Member State level. It covers the period of time from October to December 2019 and is available in English.

Older issues of the EMN Bulletin can be found on the EMN central website.

20th Anniversary of Tampere conclusions - Towards a New European Consensus on Migration

The publication From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0 - Towards a New European Consensus on Migration is centred on the twentieth anniversary of the Council Tampere conclusions of October 1999 in which the European Council is determined to develop the Union as an area of freedom, security and justice. The Tampere conclusions sketched out principles and guidelines that are still relevant for EU migration policy today. The anniversary of their adoption offered an ideal moment to discuss the future EU migration agenda in the light of the Commission’s plans for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum. 

 The publication was informed by a series of roundtables and consultations held over the course of the summer of 2019 in Brussels and by the Tampere 2.0 conference on 24-25 October in Helsinki, organised as a side event of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The outcomes of the conference are summarized here.

New EMN study: Migratory Pathways for Start-Ups and Innovative Entrepreneurs in the European Union

Over half of the EU Member States consider that attracting and retaining innovative entrepreneurs and start-ups from countries outside the EU will enhance the economic growth, innovation, and increase the global economic competitiveness. Therefore, in recent years, they have introduced various legislative measures, such as special visas or residence permits for innovative third country entrepreneurs. The Synthesis Report of the EMN Study Migratory Pathways for Start-Ups and Innovative Entrepreneurs in the European Union published by the European Migration Network (EMN)  identifies the factors and prerequisites for attracting and retaining start-up founders and innovative entrepreneurs from third countries, as well as examining the different admission pathways available, including specific start-up schemes. The Study also explores the role of cities, regions and particular locations as entrepreneurial hubs in attracting start-up founders and employees from third countries. The EU report is supported by a shorter inform and a flash. All publications are available together here.

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EMN Study: Beneficiaries of International Protection Travelling to their Country of Origin (2018)

new study published by the European Migration Network (EMN) offers an overview of the experiences and existing practices in the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland regarding beneficiaries of international protection who travel back to their country of origin. The study also examines the motivations of the individuals in question, and how such cases would be assessed by the national authorities in the countries that granted them refugee status.

The study found that most countries participating in the research did consider travel to the country of origin as an indication that protection may no longer be needed. This could lead them to examine the purpose of the travel and to reassess the international protection status. The main findings of the study Beneficiaries of international protection travelling to their country of origin are also briefly explained in the new video. The EU report is supported by a shorter inform and a flash. All publications are available together here.

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European Commission prepared EMN Bulletin’s 28th issue

European Commission’s current issue of the EMN Bulletin informs about actual situation, outputs and statistics in the field of migration, integration and international protection at EU and Member State level. It covers the period of time from July to September 2019 and is available in English.

Older issues of the EMN Bulletin can be found on the EMN central website.

EMN organized the 7th Educational Seminar on Migration: „Impacts and Opportunities of International Migration.“

International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the EMN coordinator for Slovakia organised the 7th EMN Educational Seminar on Migration entitled” Impacts and Opportunities of International Migration“ which was held in Bratislava, Slovakia on 20 - 22 August 2019. The seminar welcomed 15 experts from international organizations and institutions, non-governmental sector, research institutions and academia from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Senegal, Switzerland, The Netherlands and United Kingdom. Lecturers shared with participants current trends and experiences concerning the relationship between politics and migration, how and why people decide to migrate, good governance as an approach to migration, and migration in an increasingly urbanized world. 

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New EMN publication: Annual Report on Migration and Asylum in the Slovak Republic in 2018

The report informs about the most significant changes, developments and activities in the field of migration and international protection in Slovakia in 2018. In the Slovak Republic, the report is a unique publication of its kind which annually maps all areas of migration of third-country nationals in the context of EU policies and legislation. The report describes also context of migration and asylum policies development, legal migration, international protection including asylum, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable groups, integration, citizenship and situation of stateless persons, border control and management, visa practice, irregular migration including migrant smuggling, countering trafficking in human beings as well as returns and readmissions. In the annex, the report presents selected statistics which are not collected at EU level. The report is followed-up by the brief country factsheet.

You can read EU report here and its Statistical Annex here. The EU report is supported by a shorter inform and a flash. All publications are available together here.

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European Commission prepared EMN Bulletin’s 27th issue

European Commission’s current issue of the EMN Bulletin informs about actual situation, outputs and statistics in the field of migration, integration and international protection at EU and Member State level. It covers the period of time from April to June 2019 and is available in English.

Older issues of the EMN Bulletin can be found on the EMN central website.

EMN Study: Attracting and retaining international students in the EU (2018)

Attracting students from third countries is important for the EU both as an alternative to irregular migration and as a contribution to a more competitive EU economy. But what concrete policies and practices have Member States put in place to attract international students? Are there any special incentives to retain them following graduation? What are the main challenges? What bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements with third countries have been adopted by Member States covering international students?

These and many other questions are answered in the Synthesis Report of the EMN Study Attracting and retaining international students in the EU. The study is providing concise overview of recent trends, challenges and good practices as well as of national policies and practices in place in Member States to attract international students from third countries.

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EMN Study: Impact of Visa Liberalisation on Countries of Destination (2018)

As of 2018, five Western Balkan countries and three Eastern Partnership countries benefit from visa liberalisation to the EU Schengen area, particularly Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Republic of North Macedonia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. These countries are deemed safe and well-governed, and have been required to meet several criteria in policy areas such as border, migration and asylum management, security, external relations and fundamental rights. The EMN Study “Impact of visa liberalisation on countries of destination” is providing insights to positive and negative trends in 25 EU countries and Norway  following visa liberalisation for these countries.

European Commission prepared EMN Bulletin’s 26th issue

European Commission’s current issue of the EMN Bulletin informs about actual situation, outputs and statistics in the field of migration, integration and international protection at EU and Member State level. It covers the period of time from October to December 2018 and is available in English.

Older issues of the EMN Bulletin can be found on the EMN central website.

EMN Study: Labour Market Integration of Third-Country Nationals in EU Member States (2018)

The effective integration of migrants into the labour markets of EU countries is a key challenge. While unemployment rates have been decreasing steadily since 2014, the gap between unemployment rates of third-country nationals and that of native and EU-born remains. The study “Labour Market Integration of Third-Country Nationals in EU Member States”, analyses measures concerning the employment of migrants and brings up-to-date information on the challenges the EU faces in implementing policies aimed at integrating third-country nationals.

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The new video of the European Migration Network (EMN) summarizes the main facts about unaccompanied minors coming to the EU

The new EMN video briefly explains the main findings of the study Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors Following Status Determination in the EU and Norway (2017). This study explores the situation of unaccompanied minors who have been granted a residence permit or issued a return decision, and in turn, the approaches established by (Member) States to their integration or (voluntary) return. The study also covers unaccompanied minors who cannot be returned immediately and may be granted a temporary status, such as tolerated stay, at least in some (Member) States.

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Soon to come

    • EMN studies in 2018:  Labour Market Integration of Third-Country Nationals in the EU Member States and Norway with Focus on Labour Market Integration Measures, Impact of Visa Liberalisation on Countries of Destination, Attracting and Retaining International Students and Researchers in the EU
    • EMN studies in 2017: Challenges and Practices for Establishing Applicants’ Identity in the Migration Process, The Impact of EU Rules on the Effectiveness of Return in the Member States: Challenges and Good Practise, The Changing Influx of Asylum Seekers in 2015-2016: Member State Responses, Member States' Approaches to Unaccompanied Minors following Status Determination.