New EU Migration Doctrine on Keeping Illegal Migrants Away Published

July 26, 2018
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In less than a month since tasked with by the EU leaders, the European Commission published “the first concepts” of its vision which will be discussed already on 25 July with the EU ambassadors in Brussels and with the IOM, UNHCR and the African partners on July 30 in Geneva.

These concept papers set out the principles and the objectives of rescuing people in line with the international law”, a European official said, underlining that “avoiding creation of new pull factors” for migration is one of the leading principles of the disembarkation platforms together with “breaking the smugglers model”.

New search and rescue zones in the Mediterranean are to be opened by North African countries where migrant boats would be stopped before reaching European territorial waters, a freshly published new EU doctrine for dealing with illegal migrants envisions. From there illegal migrants would be sent to new “disembarkation platforms” set up far from the coast in these countries and in Western Africa. The “platforms” will be run by EU agencies and the EU will cover the costs.


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Press release

European Commission’s paper on Regional disembarkation centre

Factsheet on Regional disembarkation arrangements

Press release: Managing migration: Commission expands on disembarkation and controlled centre concepts

OMH article: “Disembarkation Platforms”, Return of Refugees or Internal Border Closures in EU on Summit Agenda


Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia