Networks on border and migration

The following listing (work in progress) seeks to capture networks and forums in the area of European border and migration policy. In light of the varied degree of formalisation and flexible range of participants, a distinction is made between networks that are associated to the EU and other European networks. Individual descriptions, in so far as available, are derived from the self-presentation of the respective networks (webpage) or official documents. Feedback is welcome!

EU-focused Networks

Contact Group EURODAC (EUROpean DACtylographic comparison system)

The Group, which comprises national Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) and the EDPS, each acting within their own competences, is tasked with ensuring coordinated data protection supervision of the Eurodac system.

European Coast Guard Functions Forum (ECGFF)

The European Coast Guard Functions Forum is a self-governing, non-binding, voluntary, independent and non-political forum whose membership includes the Heads of the Coast Guard Functions or equivalents of each European Union maritime nation and associated Schengen countries, the European Commission and its Institutions and Agencies with related competencies in Coast Guard Functions. The overall aim of the Forum is to study, contribute to and promote understanding and development of maritime issues of importance and of common interest related to Coast Guard Functions across borders and sectors, both civil and military, and to contribute to progress in the various CGF activities

European Migration Network (EMN)

The EMN plays a key role in providing up-to-date, objective, reliable and comparable information on migration and asylum topics to policy makers (at EU and Member State level) and the general public.

European Union Network for Asylum Practioners (EURASIL)

EURASIL maintains and intensifies the working relations between practitioners with the aim of bringing about greater convergence at EU level. The exchange of information and experience on the asylum situation in the countries of origin and transit, practical case studies, the comparison of case-law to selected countries of origin and practical experience (e.g. deployment of experts and interpreters, dealing with trauma sufferers, information on countries of origin, etc.) form the focus.

Readmission Expert Group (European Commission)

The group is designed to gather readmission experts from all the Member States and discuss the current problems in the application of the EU readmission agreements concluded with third countries as well as discuss the possible technical solutions for some of the ongoing readmission negotiations.

Schengen Consultation Network (VISION)

The Schengen Consultation Network (VISION) is used as the communication network for consultations on visas.

Other Networks

Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC)

The igc is an informal, non-decision making forum for intergovernmental information exchange and policy debate on issues of relevance to the management of international migration.

International Centre for Migration Policy Development

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) was founded in 1993, upon the initiative of Austria and Switzerland. The organisation was created to serve as a support mechanism for informal consultations, and to provide expertise and efficient services in the newly emerging landscape of multilateral cooperation on migration and asylum issues. The purpose of ICMPD is to promote innovative, comprehensive and sustainable migration policies and to function as a service exchange mechanism for governments and organisations.

Prague Process

The Prague Process is a targeted migration dialogue policy process promoting migration partnerships among the countries of the European Union, Schengen Area, Eastern Partnership, Western Balkans, Central Asia, Russia and Turkey (50 particpating states).

Council of the EU Working Groups

Working Party on Frontiers

The Working Party on Frontiers deals in particular with measures relating to the crossing of external and internal borders of the Schengen states.

Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA)

The Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum gathers together senior level officials. It deals at a strategic level with various matters in the field of immigration, asylum and frontiers.

Visa Working Party

The Visa Working Party deals with the common visa policy in relation to citizens from non-EU countries subject to a visa requirement.

Working Party for Schengen Matters

The Working Party for Schengen Matters meets in four different formations, each dealing with a particular area within the Schengen system.

Working Party on Integration, Migration and Expulsion

The Working Party on Integration, Migration and Expulsion deals with issues related to entry to, exit from and integration in the EU.

Asylum Working Party

The Asylum Working Party handles work on issues relating to the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

High Level Working Group on Asylum and Migration (HLWG)

The High Level Group on Asylum and Migration is the central forum for strategic discussions and initiatives within the Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM) framework. The group prepares the ground for concrete actions of implementation, including the identification of countries and of priorities. It consults with relevant working parties when appropriate.