|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||COM (2021) 890|
|Content Type||News, Policy-making|
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 14 December 2021, aimed at addressing situations of instrumentalisation in the field of migration and asylum.
This initiative arose from an increasing role of State actors in artificially creating and facilitating irregular migration, using migratory flows as a tool for political purposes. In October 2021, the European Council underlined that the European Union (EU) would not accept any attempt by third countries to instrumentalise migrants for political purposes, in response to the actions of the Belarusian regime. In November, a joint Communication was published setting out an overview of existing and future actions to address this phenomenon. This was also raised in the renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling.
The draft law proposes a new instrument alongside those already in the New Pact on Migration and Asylum aimed at addressing the exceptional circumstance of instrumentalisation of migrants. This would provide for a framework to deal with any such situation in the future and thus render unnecessary to resort to ad hoc measures under Article 78(3) TFEU. This proposal reproduces to a large extent the range of possibilities made available to certain Member States provisionally to address the crisis along their borders with Belarus.
This initiative was was tabled by the European Commission on 14 December 2021 alongside a proposal amending the Schengen Borders Code (SBC), which also defines instrumentalisation of migrants.
|Subject Categories||Justice and Home Affairs, Security and Defence|
|Subject Tags||Asylum | Refugees, Border Control | Management, Hybrid Warfare, Migration | Immigration|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|