The e-Conference “Challenges of Irregular Migration on the Eastern Mediterranean – Western Balkan Route in the time of COVID-19” took place as a webinar, and aimed to share knowledge, experience and views among representatives from Member States, EU institutions and international organisations on future challenges and solutions for dealing with irregular migration into the EU in the time of COVID-19. The emphasis was on the Eastern Mediterranean – Western Balkan Route but also on the link to the challenges of irregular migration and migrant smuggling in the EU in general.
The Annual Report on Migration and Asylum 2019, published by the European Migration Network (EMN), provides a comprehensive overview of national developments in the EU and Norway. Increase in asylum applications, enhanced reception capacities and integration measures, strengthened legal pathways to migration and further support to return were some of the key trends in 2019.
The EMN Bulletin provides policymakers and other practitioners with updates on recent migration and international protection policy developments at EU and national level. The30th Edition provides information from January 2020 to March 2020, including the (latest) relevant published statistics. The Bulletin this time contains a special annex as well on Member State responses to COVID-19 in the migration and asylum area.