Networks in the field of border and migration

The following listing (work in progress) seeks to capture networks and forums in the area of European border and migration cooperation. 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:

Eurint Network

The Eurint network is a partnership between 21 European migration and return organizations and the EU Agency of Frontex. The Network aims to develop and share European best-practices in the field of return, mainly focusing on non-voluntary return, from the moment of identification to the actual obtaining of travel documents required for a person to return to his or her country of origin.

European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA)

The European Legal Network on Asylum (ELENA) is a forum of legal practitioners who aim to promote the highest human rights standards for the treatment of refugees, asylum seekers and other persons in need of international protection in their daily individual counselling and advocacy work. The ELENA network extends across most European states and involves some 500 lawyers and legal counsellors.

European Patrols Network

The EPN is a permanent regional border security concept that enables the synchronization of national measures of the Member States and their integration to joint European activities. It is based on Member States´ existing activities and on strengthening of cooperation and coordination at national and EU levels.

Frontex Risk Analysis Network

Frontex has established a community called the Frontex Risk Analysis Network (FRAN) that links the intelligence networks of individual European countries with pan-European organisation. This provides the framework for sharing knowledge and producing analytical and strategic reports on the current state of play at the external borders as well as for the production of the Semi-Annual and Annual Risk Analysis documents and other, tailored, risk-analysis products.

SIRENE Contact Persons (SIRCOP)

Immigration Liaison Officers' (ILO) Network

Other Networks:

Baltic Sea Region Border Control Cooperation (BSRBCC)

The BSRBCC is a flexible regional tool for daily inter-agency interaction in the field of environmental protection and to combat cross-border crime in the Baltic Sea region, with a certain maritime focus. Cooperation Partners are Police, Border Guards, Coast Guards and Customs Authorities.

General Directors' Immigration Services Conference

GDISC is an informal network to facilitate practical cooperation between Immigration Services in Europe. GDISC is involved in a large number of areas related to migration including, but not limited to, asylum, managed migration, return, management of Immigration Services, resettlement, migration and integration.


Actors & Agencies

European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex)

Frontex promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the EU fundamental rights charter applying the concept of Integrated Border Management. Frontex helps border authorities from different EU countries work together. The agency was set up in 2004 to reinforce and streamline cooperation between national border authorities.

European Asylum Support Office

EASO was established with the aim of enhancing practical cooperation on asylum matters and helping Member States fulfil their European and international obligations to give protection to people in need. EASO acts as a centre of expertise on asylum. It also provides support to Member States whose asylum and reception systems are under particular pressure.


eu-LISA, the European Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, is called to increase the added value of ICT technology to the citizens of EU and through it to facilitate and proactively contribute to the success of the EU policies in the area of justice and home affairs and to support the Member States (MS) in their efforts for safer Europe.