The externalisation of the EU Migration and Asylum procedures

CEIPA proposal for the establishment of a an extra territorial approach to refugee protection and orderly resettlement

The idea of an external asylum procedure has been already discussed in the EU at policy level. This includes refugee resettlement and the implementation of regional protection programmes. A study supported by the European Commission in 2002 explored the possibilities of “a concept for arrangements allowing non-state nationals to approach the potential host state outside its territory with a claim for asylum or other form of international protection, and to be granted an entry permit in case of a positive response to that claim, be it preliminary or final”

by Jelena von Helldorff

Read the full proposal (pdf)

Round table: “Who’s in the driver’s seat? The EU migration crises between hotspots, quotas and border management”

The Centre for European and International Policy Action (CEIPA) is holding the round table “Who’s in the driver’s seat? The EU migration crises between hotspots, quotas and border management”

on February 23, 2016,

from 2.00 to 5.30pm

at the Instituto Cervantes,

Avenue de Tervuren 64,

1040 Brussels.

The mass immigration and the continuing influx of refugees, asylum seekers and labour migrants has challenged and compromised the ability of governments and the European institutions to manage the crisis on the short and longer run.  All the EU meetings and summits held to date have done little to bring about coherence and solidarity. On the contrary, today Europe finds itself bitterly divided over how to stem the flows and handle the newcomers. The migration pressure has put to the test the EU migration management mechanisms, the Common European Asylum System and the Schengen Agreement to their ultimate limit.  Despite the humanitarian efforts put in place by the civil society, the UN and other international organisations, and despite the political efforts to address the root causes of migration in countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, the exodus continues in the backdrop of the lack of a fully functioning EU migration policy and a EU border management system.

The CEIPA round table will offer an opportunity for open discussions and exchange of views on the following themes:

  • Hotspots, reception centres, in-shore and off-shore processing;
  • Resettlement mechanisms, quotas and burden-sharing;
  • Humanitarian corridors, protection zones, protection of external borders, and enhanced surveillance.

The round table will be held in English. Attendance is free of charge. To register, please fill out our online form.

The agenda and other documentation will be circulated in due course. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

REPORT: Round Table ‘Young radical followers: stopping the foreign fighters’ mobilisation and smuggling’

At this round table organised by CEIPA in Brussels on 10 March 2015, speakers representing governments, EU bodies and civil society stressed the need for a joined-up strategy to address both the consequences and the causes of the radicalisation of European jihadists. Radicalisation betokens the failure of integration and education policies concerning the third generation of young men from immigrant backgrounds.

Recommendations from speakers included the reinforcement in the short term of counter-terrorism measures at national and EU level, the need to differentiate in dealing with returnees from Syria and elsewhere – not all should end up in jail, which is a radicalisation hotspot anyway, as well as a greater focus on the social, economic and cultural integration of disaffected young Muslims in our society.



REPORT: Preliminary meeting on EU anti-corruption strategy

The EU anti-corruption challenge

There is no commonly agreed definition of corruption. In broad terms it means the mis-use of bestowed power or position to acquire personal gain. Different forms of corruption include political corruption, mismanagement of public funds, fraud, bribery, embezzlement, activities committed by organised criminal groups as well as small-scale petty corruption. Yet, in spite of the absence of a definition everybody seems to know what corruption is and how bad it is for society.

In this paper, CEIPA reviews the European Commission’s EU Anti-Corruption report, issued in 2014 to stimulate “a discussion on how to assist the anti-corruption action and identifying ways in which the EU dimension can help”. The report, the first of its kind, shall serve as a basis for a major international event CEIPA is to organise in 2016.


Round Table ‘New EU Agenda on Migration': Change of Venue

Due to the wide interest and many registrations we were compelled to change the venue in order to accommodate all participants. The Round Table will take place at:

Instituto Cervantes / Spanish Cultural Institute
Avenue de Tervuren 64
1040 Brussels

The Cervantes Institute is located between the subway stations of Merode and Montgomery.

Round Table ‘New EU Agenda on Migration’

CEIPA’s Round Table on the new EU Agenda on Migration, to be held on Tuesday, June 30th, will be an open forum for opinion leaders, experts, academics and civil society to discuss and re-think, in light of the complexity of the new EU strategic approach adopted by the European Commission, the paradigms of short-term responses versus long-term strategies in migration management.

We will talk about coherent EU-wide approaches towards short-term life-saving operations at sea, long-term policies on international protection and the principle of solidarity amongst Member States, as well as ways to maximize the benefits of labor migration, and boost the fight against smuggling and trafficking in human beings.

CEIPA will bring to the table views and proposals by leading European and international experts, including the blueprint for the establishment of a European Agency for Resettlement and Migration Management.

For inquiries about registration, please send an email to communicating your name, title and email address.