Debate on the European Agenda on Migration for 2015-2020
MEPs will give their views on the European Agenda on Migration presented by the Commission on 13 May in a debate with Commission Vice-president Frans Timmermans and the Council presidency on Wednesday at 9.00. The four pillars are a stronger common asylum policy, including an EU-wide resettlement scheme and relocation inside the EU in emergencies, fighting trafficking and preventing irregular migration, managing external borders, and a new policy on legal migration.
Parliament has been calling on the European Commission to come up with an "ambitious European agenda on migration, which takes into account all aspects of migration". This call was reiterated in a resolution, voted on 29 April, on the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean and on EU migration and asylum policies.
The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee is currently drafting a report which will reflect Parliament’s medium- and longer-term policy orientations on migration. The co-rapporteurs are Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) and Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, IT).
Note to editors
Resettlement is the process whereby, at the request of the UN Refugee Agency, based on a person’s need for international protection, non-EU nationals are transferred from a non- EU country and established in a member state.
Relocation is the transfer of asylum seekers or refugees from one EU member state to another.
Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by debate
Debate: Wednesday, 20 May