EU: Tracking the Pact: Border checks, funding, deportations and reception at the centre of the "gradual approach"


On 20 January the French Presidency of the Council circulated a paper examining "four issues to discuss further" relating to its "gradual approach" on the Pact on Migration and Asylum: external border checks and registration; financial and material support to member states with external borders; return and readmission policy; and reception and relocation. The paper highlights the need to "prevent the risk of absconding," which could be done by "increasing detention capacity".

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NOTE from: Presidency to: Delegations: Gradual approach on migration and asylum: four issues to discuss further (Council doc. 5393/22, LIMITE, 20 January 2022, pdf):

"As mentioned on 12 January, it would be useful to have a deepened discussion on the four following items, while maintaining the overall approach proposed by the Presidency :

  • Checks and registration at the external border;
  • Financial / material support to Member States in charge of protecting the external
  • EU return and readmission policy;
  • Support in terms of reception efforts, including the idea of a mechanism for the relocation of persons in need of protection, particularly with regard to the provision of assistance at sea, as well as alternative solidarity contributions."

See also: EU: Tracking the Pact: French Presidency proposes "a gradual approach" on migration and asylum (18 January)

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