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30 September 2021

Fight against migrant exploitation

The point of the EU Commission one year after the proposal for a new pact on migration and asylum

One year on from the adoption of the proposal for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is today presenting a on Migration and Asylum.
The Commission is also adopting a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling and a Communication on the application of the Employers Sanctions Directive. As part of the comprehensive approach to migration under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum, these initiatives aim to prevent organised exploitation of migrants and reduce irregular migration, in coherence with the New Pact's aim to promote sustainable and orderly management of migration. The initiatives will address both persistent challenges in dismantling organised criminal groups, as well as the need to adapt to new challenges including state-sponsored migrant smuggling, in response to the situation at the EU's external borders with Belarus.
The report takes stock of progress achieved and key developments in migration and asylum policy over the past year and a half, identifies the key challenges, and highlights the prospects for progress, setting out the steps that will lead to a more robust, viable and fair migration and asylum policy.
It covers all aspects of migration management. It includes a state of play of migratory movements, takes stock of the impact of the pandemic, covers the action by EU agencies on border management and on asylum, the continuous support provided by the Commission to Member States under pressure, funding and the issue of unauthorised movements within the EU. It highlights the EU's immediate response to the situation in Afghanistan, the EU's support to Greece, and the reaction to arrivals from Belarus. It provides details on progress in strengthening the legislative framework and gives a full overview of cooperation with partner countries, on the basis of the new approach set out in the Pact. The report also looks at progress on integration and inclusion.

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