(BELARUS) #MigrantCrisis Report: Lukashenko is now demanding that Germany accept 2,100 migrants as he wages his personally war against the E.U open-door policy #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.28: Lukashenko is now demanding that Germany accept 2,100 Muslim migrants. “Taking 2,000 is nothing,” he says, and that may be true of a country that has supported open-door migration since the height of the Syrian crisis.

#AceDailyNews says according to Lukashenko tells BBC new details of negotiations with Merkel,” as he demands Germany take in 2,100 migrants according to a report below on November 22, 2021: BeITA News

MINSK, 22 November (BelTA) – In an interview with the British media company BBC on 19 November Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko revealed new details of previous two phone conversations with Acting Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, BelTA has learned.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, during the first conversation on 15 November Angela Merkel asked him what he could offer and about the way out of the situation. “I told her that Munich (Munich mentioned it then), other German cities would be glad to welcome these refugees. 2,100 people in the camp. It is not even a problem. Taking 2,000 is nothing,” he said.

During the conversation Aleksandr Lukashenko also pointed out there are many kids among the refugees. “I know you can see it. Take them. And about 5,000 will stay with me. I will work on sending them to Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Afghanistan where they came from,” the head of state shared the details.

Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that Angela Merkel also wondered whether the Belarusian side would be able to repatriate the refugees from Belarus to the countries they had come from.

During the first conversation Angela Merkel noted that she had to discuss the relevant matters with the European Union. “She told me: ‘You know it is not a German problem, it is a problem of the European Union. This is why I should talk to them.’ I told her: ‘Okay, I understand your bureaucracy. But it has to be done fast. If you take these 2,000, it will be a resolution already. If you don’t, it will be a catastrophe. People will freeze. People will start dying. She said: ‘I understand it, I heard you. If you don’t mind, I will call you on Wednesday [17 November when the second phone conversation took place]’. I told her I will await her decision at any time.”

During the interview Aleksandr Lukashenko also shared details of the second conversation with Angela Merkel, during which she suggested negotiations between Belarus and the European Union. Deputy chairperson of the European Commission, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen were identified as the European Union’s contact persons.

Aleksandr Lukashenko went on saying: “I was not happy about it because I knew her stance on Belarus but I said: ‘Okay. You’ve decided it this way, I don’t care who will take care of it over there. What are we going to do about the 2,000?’ She said: ‘This problem will be reviewed within the framework of agreements with the European Union, too.’ I said: ‘Let’s start work tomorrow. The contact persons, the European Union, Belarus, and so on. While I will work on convincing the refugees to go back to Iraq, for example.’ Which I did. Over the course of 24 hours we convinced 431 people to go back to Iraq.”…

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.28: 2021:

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(POLAND) LATEST: #MigrantCrisis Border Report: Polish border guards have fought off an attack by hundreds of migrants at the frontier with Belarus with water cannon and flash grenades this morning, in the latest escalation of tensions on the EU’s eastern front #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.17: One police officer was rushed to hospital with a suspected fractured skull after being hit in the face: Around 4,000 desperate refugees, most from the Middle East and North Africa, have gathered at the Polish border after being ferried to the frontier by forces loyal to Belarusian tyrant Alexander Lukashenko.

#AceDailyNews says according to a MailOnline News UPDATE Report: Belarus border crisis: Polish cops unleash water cannons, tear gas and flash grenades on migrants

The Warsaw authorities issued orders to douse a group who were throwing stones, smoke bombs and pieces of metal fence at their soldiers despite the near-freezing conditions, MailOnline can reveal.

At least 11 migrants have died on both sides since the influx started in the summer. One of them, a 19-year-old Syrian from the war-torn city of Homs, was laid to rest on Monday. 

Lukashenko’s men appeared to be forcing the migrants through gaps in the fence in video which emerged today, while other footage showed a Belarusian soldier cutting a hole in the barbed wire. 

A fleet of specialist water cannon vehicles has been drafted to the border crossing between Kuznica and Bruzgi where thousands of migrants have gathered since last week in the hopes of reaching the EU. 

Newly released footage shows Polish police firing a water cannon across the border fence at the migrants on the Belarus side border.

A spokesman for the Polish Border Guard told MailOnline: ‘Migrants at the border crossing at Bruzgi on the Belarusian side have been attacking the Polish border service for about an house.Migrants subject to water cannon as shots ring out on Poland border

Polish police fire a water cannon at migrants camped at the Belarusian-Polish border at Bruzgi on Tuesday morning
A migrant hurls a rock towards police at the border as others are seen with stones in their hands ready to throw at the police
A migrant shields his face as a Polish policeman uses pepper spray against him at the border fence
A Polish police water cannon douses migrants after they hurled stones and other projectiles at officers and troops stationed along the line
A migrant runs away as he is hosed down by Polish police during the standoff at the border on Tuesday morning
A police water cannon douses migrants camped at the Polish border with Belarus as the migrant crisis continues
A migrant hauls on a pole at the fence today as Polish police are seen holding up their shields to protect from projectiles

Migrants throw fences and stones at Polish border guards

Polish police with riot shields stand guard as migrants hurl rocks and other projectiles towards the border fence
Water cannon and tear gas are used to disperse migrants at the frontier this morning
Police police stand guard in heavy armour as a water cannon douses the migrants at the Kuznica - Bruzgi checkpoint
Smoke from police tear gas grenades billow across the border as migrants attempt to breach the fence
A funeral ceremony for Ahmad Al Hassan, 19, a Syrian migrant who drowned in a river during an attempt to cross the border from Belarus to Poland. At least 11 migrants have died in the crisis since the summer
Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko holds a meeting on the situation at the Belarusian-Polish border from the presidential palace in Minsk on Thursday

‘Water cannons were used against these aggressive foreigners.

‘The migrants were throwing stones and objects that emit smoke at the Polish Border Service.

‘A loud bang was heard and a log of wood was thrown through the barbed wire fence by aggressive foreigners.’

The spokesman added: ‘Immigrants camped at the border crossing in Bruzgi have been behaving aggressively, throwing stones and various objects at the Polish Border Guard.

‘In order to prevent illegal border crossing, water cannons were used against the aggressive foreigners.’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the use of tear gas and water cannon by Polish forces ‘absolutely unacceptable’.

‘The behaviour of the Polish side is absolutely unacceptable,’ he told a press conference in Moscow, citing ‘tear gas and a water cannon and shots fired above the heads of migrants towards the direction of Belarus’.

The Polish Red Cross have told how the migrants are freezing to death in the freezing conditions on the Polish-Belarus border.

Drenching them with water cannon is certain to make the humanitarian situation worse.

But charities have been prevented from offering any assistance

A Polish Red Cross spokeswoman told MailOnline: ‘Refugees are freezing to death in the forest.

‘There are pregnant women and children amongst them.

‘We have everything they need – medical assistance, warm clothes and hot food but we have been prevented from reaching them.’ 

Migrants sit around a camp fire at the border on Tuesday as skirmishes break out with the guards nearby
Water is sprayed at migrants camped along the border on Tuesday as a helicopter flies overhead
Hundreds of migrants, most of them from the Middle East and North Africa, mass at the border on Tuesday
A police water cannon fires over the border fence as migrants hurl objects at the troops
A Polish Border Guard helicopter flies over the frontier this morning
Police vans make their way down a highway close to the border as the migrant crisis continues

Polish border guards estimate up to 4,000 migrants are now camped out along the border between Poland and Belarus in increasingly dire conditions and freezing temperatures.

Western powers accuse Belarus of orchestrating the crisis, possibly with the backing of Russia, by luring migrants to the border to sow division in the EU – though Minsk and Moscow deny the claims. 

A standoff near the Bruzgi-Kuznica border crossing on the EU’s eastern frontier began last week when hundreds of migrants gathered there. 

Russia and Belarus have denied organising the crisis, Lukashenko told a government meeting on Tuesday: ‘We cannot let this so-called problem lead to heated confrontation.’

‘The main thing now is to protect our country and our people, and not to allow clashes,’ he added, according to state news agency Belta.

Lukashenko discussed the crisis with Germany’s Angela Merkel on Monday, his first phone call with a Western leader since he suppressed mass protests against his rule last year.

Water cannon is unleashed on the migrants as the crisis on the EU border enters its second week
Migrants battle with police at the Polish-Belarus border on Tuesday
Migrants shield their faces from tear gas during skirmishes at the border on Tuesday morning
Water is sprayed over the barricades to migrants congregated under the Kuznica - Bruzgi checkpoint
Two Polish soldiers are seen sitting in the back of an army truck on the way to the frontier today

The Belarus leader – in power since 1994 and accused by the West of rigging an election last year – said he and Merkel agreed the standoff should be defused.

‘We were of the united opinion that nobody needs escalation – not the EU, or Belarus,’ he said.

But he said he had ‘differing’ views with Merkel on how the migrants got to Belarus, with the West saying Minsk had brought them there as revenge for sanctions.

EU foreign ministers have agreed that existing sanctions targeting Lukashenko’s regime will be expanded to include individuals or companies found to have encouraged border crossings.

‘We are not gathering all the refugees in the world and bringing them to Belarus, as Poland told the EU,’ Lukashenko said, adding that Minsk had deported around 5,000 migrants.

The US has also vowed to expand its sanctions on Belarus. 

Merkel’s office said the pair discussed bringing humanitarian aid to the migrants, whose number includes many young children.

Migrants wrapped in blankets to protect from the cold stand at the Belarus-Poland border this morning
Troops on their way to the front as the migrant continues for a second week
Polish officers hold riot shields as they face off with migrants at the border again on Tuesday

French President Emmanuel Macron also on Monday discussed the crisis with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who has urged the EU to speak directly to Minsk.

France’s Europe minister Clement Beaune said there were signs that the crisis was de-escalating but urged caution.

‘Europe has been quick, united and firm on this crisis,’ he told the France 2 television channel. ‘It is doing the right thing.’

Iraq has said it will start voluntary repatriations of its citizens from Belarus this week, but many migrants – including those AFP spoke to – have vowed not to go back.

Following EU pressure to stop the arrivals, Turkish Airlines has banned Iraqis, Syrians and Yemenis from flying to Belarus via Turkey and private Syrian carrier Cham Wings Airlines has said it will halt flights to Minsk.

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(LONDON) #MigrantCrisis Report: Campaign across Britain will target freight drivers to lock their vehicles securely and report any suspicious activity in effort to stop people smuggling #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.23: Lorry drivers across Britain are being urged to lock their vehicles and report any suspicious activity that could be linked to people smuggling, in a joint appeal being led by the National Crime Agency and Border Force.

#AceDailyNews reports on a new campaign appeals to lorry drivers in crackdown on people smuggling in a push, in partnership with Crimestoppers and the Home Office, will come two years after 39 Vietnamese migrants were tragically found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex, having been smuggled into the UK in 2019…..

The campaign will target freight drivers across England, Scotland and Wales with messaging at service stations and ports, on how they can help stop what is a dangerous and illegal way into the UK.

The NCA alone has around 50 ongoing investigations linked to organised immigration crime and since the start of the year, has been involved in more than 140 arrests.

Disrupting the criminal networks behind people smuggling is a priority for UK law enforcement and operational activity has led to many of these journeys being stopped and people safeguarded.

The tragedy that took place in Grays, Essex on 23 October 2019 highlighted just how perilous this method of entry into the country is.

The NCA continues to work with its partners to raise awareness of the impacts of people smuggling and are encouraging people working in the transport sector to recognise when something isn’t right, and to report it.

New posters and leaflets launched on Monday [25 October] will make it clear to drivers exactly what they should look out for, including; security breaches at ports, unexpected route diversions from drivers on shift and unusual behaviour at the rear of vehicles.

Drivers will also be encouraged to secure their vehicles and report any instances where they have been approached by someone offering opportunities to earn extra cash.

Any suspicion, no matter how small it may appear at the time, can be reported anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111, or in an emergency, the police by dialling 999.

NCA Deputy Director Andrea Wilson said: “Stopping people smugglers and preventing further loss of life, is of the utmost priority for the NCA and its partners: The tragic events that took place in Essex two years ago have remained front and centre of our minds in tackling this issue and continue to inform our operational activity: We cannot emphasise enough how crucial information from those in the transport sector is, and hope this renewed drive gives people the confidence to report any suspicious activity to the authorities.”

Border Force Chief Operating Officer Steve Dann, said: “The Grays tragedy revealed the terrible dangers people face being hidden in the backs of lorries by criminals who put profit over safety without a care for who they hurt: Border Force work tirelessly to search, find and stop people being smuggled into the country using every tool at our disposal and on both sides of the border: This campaign encourages our haulier community to secure their vehicle and to be the eyes and ears on the roads reporting anything they think is suspicious – together with the NCA, we are determined to bring an end to this heinous trade in people smuggling.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………………….Published: Oct.23: 2021:

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(CALAIS, France.) #MigrantCrisis Report: An illegal-migrant has been airlifted to hospital after a boat carrying around 40 people began to sink in the English Channel #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.13: The vessel is believed to have begun filling up with water as it headed for the UK this morning: The rescue operation, involving French and Belgian air and sea units, is ongoing, authorities in France say…..

#AceDailyNews says that a boat carrying 40-illegal-migrants starts sinking in English Channel just off-the-coast of Dunkirk sparking rescue involving French & Belgium rescue services today and were taken to a hospital in Calais…..

Thursday: 12 Aug 2021 2:44 pm

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One unconscious passenger was airlifted to hospital in Calais (Picture: Shutterstock)

Searches started at around 10am after a cargo ship reported that a boat carrying around 40 people was in difficulty off the coast of Dunkirk, with some people already overboard. 

An unconscious person taken aboard the cargo ship’s lifeboat and transferred onto a French Navy vessel was later airlifted to hospital in Calais.

He is believed to have suffered cardio-respiratory arrest and was evacuated aboard a Belgian Air Force helicopter.

Several others were also hoisted aboard the aircraft as the migrant boat was sinking while more were rescued by nearby fishing vessels. 

They were all transferred onto the French Navy’s Flamant patrol boat, which headed for the port of Dunkirk.

Search and rescue operations remained under way in the Dover Strait, with a French Navy helicopter continuing to scour the area.

Following days of bad weather, lighter conditions today have seen a flurry of crossing attempts.

The latest bids to reach the UK come after French authorities intercepted at least 108 people trying to cross the Channel yesterday, with one person having to be airlifted to hospital in Dunkirk.

More than 10,000 people including children have made the dangerous sea journey from France so far this year. 

This is considerably higher than the 8,410 people who made the crossing during 2020. 

Among them were Rasoul Iran-Nejad and his wife Shiva Mohammad Panahi, who died along with their three children when their boat capsized on October 27.

Their 15-month-old son Artin was reported missing following the tragedy and it was not until June this year that police confirmed a body found on the Norwegian coast was that of the young boy.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.13: 2021:

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(AUSTIN, Tx.) #MigrantCrisis Report: Rep.Gov.Gregg Abbot: Actions have arrested 10-illegals on ‘Trepassing Charges’ on the ‘Mexico Border’ and more are on the way according to officials #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says that Texas begins arresting illegal-migrants on trespassing charges along US-Mexico border and has jailed 10 so far after he announced his plan in June when he also said that the state would continue building former President Donald Trump’s border wall and called on other governors to deploy law enforcement and National Guard members to the southern border.

The detainees are being held at what had been an empty state prison in Dilley, Texas, about 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) north of the border city of Laredo, said Robert Hurst, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He said the converted facility will be able to hold more than 950 people.

All of those arrested so far have been single adult men, according to Val Verde County Attorney David Martinez, who said he was advised last week that the number of migrant arrests could increase to as many as 100 or 200 per day. Such large numbers, he said, “would overwhelm not only my office, but our entire system pretty quickly.”

Most land along the southern Texas border is private, but Martinez said his understanding was that state troopers would not arrest family units. Last week, U.S. officials reported that they had encountered 55,805 members of families with children in June, which was up 25% from the previous month. That figure still remains far below the high of 88,587 in May 2019.

“If John Doe is caught on my property and he has his wife and his children with him, chances are he’s not going to be arrested,” Martinez said. “That’s what’s been represented to me.”

A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety did not immediately return a message Thursday.

Val Verde County, which has around 50,000 residents, has become the backdrop of Abbott’s criticism of President Joe Biden over the border as the two-term governor, who is up for reelection in 2022, has sought to take Trump’s mantle on immigration. He returned to the county last weekend along with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials, including Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, who tweeted this week that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

“The state jail commission has worked out a way to jail far more people that are currently being jailed,” Abbott said during his visit on Saturday.

But the largest Texas counties along the southern border, where crossings are typically the highest, have rejected Abbott’s offer to heighten enforcement and accept disaster declarations, which governors typically only grant during events like hurricanes or wildfire.

Migrants arrested by state troopers for trespassing first began showing up to the former prison on Tuesday. Prison officials said in a statement said that preparations for the facility included temporary air conditioning – which many Texas prisons don’t have in living areas – and training and licensing jailers.

Since first announcing earlier this summer that Texas would begin charging migrants with state crimes, Abbott has said law enforcement would not be involved in “catch and release” and said those arrested would spend time behind bars. But Martinez said he would handle the cases same as usually does, which typically means offering time served.

“My office is working really hard to try to minimize the amount of time that they have to sit in that jail,” he said.

ABC7, Reuters, US Media,

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: July.24: 2021:

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(SPAIN) JUST IN: #MigrantCrisis Groups of 20 to 30 people departed all day Sunday to reach the Spanish enclave. Three people were hospitalized for hypothermia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.03: More than seven kilometers separated them from their destination. Around 100 migrants swam from northern Morocco on Sunday to reach the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the North African coast, the Spanish Civil Guard reported on Monday (April 26th)

Spain: 100 more illegal Muslim migrants swim to Ceuta, three hospitalized for hypothermia: From Morocco, a hundred migrants reach Ceuta by swimming,” translated from “Partis du Maroc, une centaine de migrants atteignent Ceuta à la nage,” FranceInfo, April 26, 2021:

They left the Moroccan beaches near Fnideq (also called Castillejos), south of Ceuta, “some arrived as far as the beach [of Ceuta] by their own means,” detailed a spokesperson for the Civil Guard, while the majority had to be rescued and get on “our boats” to reach the Spanish enclave. “It’s not usual, there may be groups of three, four or five, but as many, no.”

Minors among migrants

No death or injury has been recorded on the Spanish side among this “hundred” migrants, including minors, who went swimming “all day long” in “groups of 20 or 30,” along the coast in the distance. On the other hand, three people were hospitalized for hypothermia. Five other people swam into Ceuta on Monday, the civil guard said.

Migrants from Morocco regularly try to reach Ceuta by sea; it is separated from Morocco by a huge security barrier. Ceuta and Melilla, the other Spanish enclave located on the Moroccan coast, constitute the only land borders of the European Union with Africa, and are regularly the scene of attempts at forcible entry by migrants.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.03: 2021:

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(BRUSSELS) Member states who can see the losing battle over borders and migration prepare to meet on Sunday the ‘ European Commission ‘ recently released their annual budget for both these areas with a proposed increase of triple funding from €13 to 34.9-billion for 2021-2027 in addition, support to EU Agencies in security, border and migration management will be increased from €4.2 billion to €14 billion #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – June.23: Editor says with the meeting of the member states in Brussels on Sunday http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-18-4230_en.htmto discuss the immigration and borders problem and with Bulgaria’s latest comment on this post l published here (SOFIA, Bulgaria.) #MigrantCrisis Bulgaria will propose the immediate closure of the EU’s external b orders to migrants and the setting up of centers for war refugees outside its territory at the EU’s weekend mini-summit on migration as leaders banned together from the four ‘ Visegrad Countrieshttps://acenewsservices.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/sofia-bulgaria-migrantcrisis-bulgaria-will-propose-the-immediate-closure-of-the-eus-external-b-orders-to-migrants-and-the-setting-up-of-centers-for-war-refugees-outside-its-territory-at/l thought this post would be a useful follow up over the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to almost triple funding for migration and border management to €34.9 billion, as compared to €13 billion in the previous period here’s their proposal and how they intend to spend it #AceNewsDesk reports

The Commission’s proposal is a response to increased migratory, mobility and security challenges, with more flexible funding instruments to address unforeseen migratory events and border protection at the core of the new budget: A new separate fund for integrated border management will be created and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency will be further strengthened with a new standing corps of around 10,000 border guards. The new border fund will also help Member States carry out customs controls by financing customs control equipment:

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “Based on past experience and the knowledge that migration will remain a challenge in the future, we are proposing an unprecedented increase in funding. Strengthening our common EU borders, in particular with our European Border and Coast Guard, will continue to be a big priority. Increased flexibility of our funding instruments means we are ready to support Member States quickly; where they need it, when they need it – particularly in the event of crisis.”

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “Better managing our external borders and migration will remain key priorities for the EU, the Member States and our citizens in the years to come. Bigger challenges need bigger resources – this is why we propose to almost triple the budget in this area. The reinforced funding will be pivotal in ensuring that we can implement these political priorities: further secure our external borders, continue to grant protection to those who need it, better support legal migration and integration efforts, counter irregular migration, and effectively and swiftly return those who have no right to stay.”

Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici said: “The EU’s 115,000 customs officials are on the frontline in protecting our citizens from counterfeit or unsafe goods and other forms of illicit trade. To support them in that vital task, we are today proposing a new fund worth €1.3 billion, for EU countries to acquire the most cutting-edge customs equipment. The EU’s Customs Union celebrates its 50th anniversary next month: we must ensure that it continues to go from strength to strength.”

During the refugee crisis of 2015 and 2016, the financial and technical support that the EU provided to Member States was essential in supporting Member States under pressure, developing search and rescue capacities, stepping up returns and better managing the external borders. Learning the lessons of the past, the Commission is proposing to almost triple funding for the crucial areas of migration and border management.

1. Securing the EU’s external borders

The effective protection of the EU’s external borders is crucial to manage migration and ensure internal security. Strong external borders are also what allow the EU to maintain a Schengen area without internal border controls. The Commission proposes to allocate €21.3 billion to border management overall and create a new Integrated Border Management Fund (IBMF) worth more than €9.3 billion.

The key features of the new fund are:

  • The right set of priorities:
  • Strengthening Europe’s external borders: The new fund will continue and build on the work of the past years to better protect the EU’s borders with the roll-out of the European Border and Coast Guard, systematic checks at the borders, new large-scale and interoperable IT systems, including a future Entry/Exit system. Funding will be channelled towards tackling migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings as well as intercepting and stopping those who pose a threat, support for search and rescue at sea, equipment and training for border guards, and swift operational support for Member States under pressure;
  • Stronger and more efficient visa policy: The fund will also ensure the EU’s visa policy continues to evolve and modernise, whilst strengthening security and mitigating irregular migration risks;

– Support to Member States: The new fund will devote €4.8 billion in long-term funding to support Member States’ border management measures and visa policy. The funding will acutely reflect Member States’ needs and a review at mid-term will take account of new or additional pressures. Each Member State will receive a fixed sum of €5 million with the remainder distributed based on the workload, pressure and threat level at external land borders (30%), external sea borders (35%), airports (20%) and consular offices (15%);

– A flexible and fast response: €3.2 billion will be devoted to targeted support to Member States, EU-level projects and to address urgent needs. The new fund has been designed to ensure sufficient flexibility to channel emergency funding to Member States when needed and address new and critical priorities as they emerge;

  • Better customs control equipment on external borders: The new instrument will devote €1.3 billion to help Member States purchase, maintain and replace state-of-the-art customs equipment such as new scanners, automated number plate detection systems, teams of sniffer dogs and mobile laboratories for sample analysis;
  • Reinforcing EU border management agencies: Outside of this fund and to be presented separately, more than €12 billion will be dedicated to further strengthening the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and EU-LISA.

2. Migration: supporting a robust, realistic and fair policy

The Commission is proposing to increase funding for migration by 51% to reach €10.4 billion under the renewed Asylum and Migration Fund (AMF). The Fund will support Member States’ efforts in three key areas: asylum, legal migration and integration, and countering irregular migration and returns. The key features of the new fund are:

  • The right set of priorities: The new fund will continue its vital support to national asylum systems and will place a renewed focus on channelling EU funding to the most pressing issues, such as:
  • A stronger and more efficient European asylum system: The fund will help strengthen and develop all aspects of the Common European Asylum System, including its external dimension;
  • Greater support for legal migration and integration: The fund will devote additional resources to support the early integration of non-EU nationals staying lawfully in the EU in the short-term, complemented by funding under the Cohesion funds for longer-term socio-economic integration;
  • Faster and more frequent returns: The fund will support a more coordinated approach to countering irregular migration, improve the effectiveness of returns and further intensify cooperation with non-EU countries on readmission;

– Support for Member States: The fund will devote €6.3 billion in long-term funding to support Member States in managing migration, reflecting Member State’s needs. A review at mid-term will take account of new or additional pressures. Each Member State will receive a fixed sum of €5 million with the remainder distributed based on an assessment of the pressures faced and taking into account proportions in the area of asylum (30%), legal migration and integration (30%) and countering irregular migration and return (40%);

– Better preparedness: €4.2 billion will be reserved for targeted support to Member States, projects with a real European added value such as resettlement or for responding to urgent needs and channelling emergency funding to Member States when and where they need it;

– Greater coordination across EU funding instruments: The asylum and migration fund will be complemented by the additional funds dedicated under the EU’s external policy instruments to stepping up cooperation on migration with partner countries, including efforts to tackle irregular migration, improve opportunities in countries of origin, enhance cooperation on return and readmission and legal migration;

– Reinforcing EU agencies: Outside of this fund and to be presented separately, almost €900 million will be dedicated to further strengthening the new European Union Agency for Asylum.

Next steps

A swift agreement on the overall long-term EU budget and its sectoral proposals is essential to ensure that EU funds start delivering results on the ground as soon as possible.

Delays could jeopardise the European Union’s ability to respond to future crises should they arise and could starve projects of vital funds – such as the EU-wide Assisted Voluntary Return and Readmission programmes and the continuation of EU-funding for resettlement.

An agreement on the next long-term budget in 2019 would provide for a seamless transition between the current long-term budget (2014-2020) and the new one, and would ensure predictability and continuity of funding to the benefit of all.

Background

Border management and migration have been a political priority since the beginning of the Juncker Commission’s mandate – from President Juncker’s Political Guidelines of July 2014 to the latest State of the Union address on 13 September 2017.

However, the scale and urgency of 2015-16 refugee crisis took Europe by surprise. To avert a humanitarian crisis and enable a joint response to this unprecedented challenge as well as new security threats, the EU used all flexibility in the existing budget to mobilise additional funds. From the original allocations for 2014-20 of €6.9 billion for the AMIF and ISF (Borders and Police) funds, an additional €3.9 billion was mobilised to reach €10.8 billion for migration, border management and internal security – and this does not even include the large amount of funding mobilised to address the refugee crisis outside the EU.

Learning the lessons from the past, the Commission is now proposing to double funding across the board, with €10.4 billion for migration, €9.3 billion for border management, €2.5 billion for internal security and €1.2 billion for safer decommissioning of nuclear activities in some Member States – reaching over €23 billion overall.

In addition, support to EU Agencies in security, border and migration management will be increased from €4.2 billion to €14 billion.

Brussels, 20 June 2018 President Juncker is convening an informal working meeting on migration and asylum issues in Brussels on Sunday, in order to work with a group of Heads of State or Government of Member States interested in finding European solutions ahead of the upcoming European Council:

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