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Emilija Berzanskaite
29th September 2021
Employment & Immigration

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: Commission presents its Report and issues proposals to tackle migrant smuggling and exploitation 

The Commission has presented a Report on Migration and Asylum covering key developments and achievements in migration and asylum policy since last year, when the proposal for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum was adopted, and has set out a set of proposals to tackle the main challenges identified.

The Report covers all aspects of migration management, including state of play of migratory movements, impact of the pandemic, action by EU agencies and support and funding provided to Member States. It concludes that the EU has taken various actions to improve migration management and the legislative proposals foreseen under the New Pact are essential to further strengthen Europe’s migration policy and ensure protection of human life and dignity.

The Commission has also presented the renewed action plan against migrant smuggling (2021-2025). With the support from High Representative, the Commission will develop Anti-Smuggling Operational Partnerships, as well as all operational, legal, diplomatic and financial tools to respond to the instrumentalisation of irregular migration by State actors. Similarly, it will improve the implementation of the legal frameworks for sanctioning smugglers and for protection from exploitation, tackle evolving online practices and increase research and data collection.

Finally, the Commission adopted a Communication on the application of the Employers Sanctions Directive, which is aimed at dealing with illegal employment. The Communication identifies a set of necessary actions to improve the enforcement of the Directive, and in particular, to address Member States’ inefficient use of the rules on sanctions, protective measures and inspections to detect abusive employers and protect migrants from exploitation. By the end of 2022 the Commission will implement the measures set out in the Communication and will report on the results in the next report due in 2024, after which it will consider whether legislative action is needed.

Read the Commission’s press release here.


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