The main EMN activities in 2020 are as follows:
Exchange of information through EMN ad-hoc queries system
The ad-hoc queries system serves the EMN National Contact Points and the European Commission in order to quickly obtain information on migration and international protection topics, such as e.g. legal migration, irregular migration, borders, returns, visas etc. Responses to ad-hoc queries are compiled into comparative compilations of all the responses from the EU Member States and Norway. The compilations are published in thematic categories on the EMN central website.
Preparation of studies, policy briefs and annual reports
The EMN focuses on collecting, analysing and providing information and data. Every year it prepares the Annual Reports on Migration and Asylum, which describe the most important developments of the policies and legislation, on-going public debates about migration and asylum in the respective Member States and at the EU level and provide an overview of selected statistical data. The EMN also prepares studies and policy briefs on topics specifications of which are set by the European Commission in cooperation with EMN National Contact Points (NCPs) based on the relevance of topics to policy-makers at national and European level. Based on the national reports and studies prepared by the EMN NCPs the European Commission prepares synthesis reports which summarize the main findings.
In 2020, the EMN is working on the following studies and annual reports*:
- The registration process and data management in the asylum procedure
- Sustainable solutions for long-term irregularly staying migrants: practices and challenges from EU Member States and Norway
- Detention and alternatives to detention
- Admission policies of seasonal workers from third countries in the EU and Norway
- Annual Report on Migration and Asylum 2019
* The titles of the studies are preliminary.
Preparation of EMN Informs
The EMN Informs are focused on a particular issue and contain key findings and conclusions from reports, studies or EMN ad-hoc queries for policy-makers.
Preparation of quarterly EMN Bulletin
The EMN Bulletin informs about actual situation, outputs and statistics in the fields of migration, integration and international protection at EU and Member State level.
Extension of EMN Asylum and Migration Glossary
The EMN translation and expository Glossary encompasses terms and definitions on migration and international protection in 23 European languages including Slovak. The Glossary contains more than 480 terms and is regularly updated. This year, EMN continues to prepare the Slovak version of the dictionary. The Glossary is available in the printed format, as an online publication on the European Commission website and as a free mobile application for Android.
EMN Return Expert Group
In 2014, the Return Expert Group (REG) was established within the EMN structure with the aim to exchange information and good practice between the European Commission, the EU Member States and Norway in the area of returns and reintegration of irregular migrants in their countries of origin after return. The group took over the agenda of the Voluntary Return European Network (VREN).
EMN Statelessness Platform
The EMN Statelessness Platform established on 20 May 2016 based on the Justice and Home Affairs Council conclusions. This platform intends to bring the exchange of information and good practices, raise awareness regarding this phenomenon and to bring all the relevant stakeholders in the field together.
The EMN also supports and contributes to the updates of the EU Immigration Portal. Portal provides practical information to third-country nationals wishing to work, study, do research in the EU or reunite with ones family in the EU.
Networking at national and at European level
Within this agenda the EMN regularly organises various events with the expert and the lay public, in the Slovak Republic for instance conferences, expert and educational seminars, working breakfasts, presentation meetings. At European level the EMN cooperates with international organisations, agencies and other institutions working in the area of migration and asylum. Among these are the EU agencies – EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and FRONTEX as well as Eurostat, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) and European Integration Network (EIN).
During the year 2020 the EMN National Contact Point for the Slovak Republic plans to hold number of expert meetings (e.g. with the representatives of the Migration Office of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic, Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Police Corps Presidium, etc.), working breakfasts and the EMN educational seminar. At European level the Slovak Republic will participate in regular coordination meetings in Brussels organised by the European Commission, as well as in cluster meetings and conferences organised by the National Contact Points in other EU Member States.