IOM's Recommendations to the German Presidency of the Council of the EU

The German Council Presidency of the EU from July to December 2020 will lead the Council discussions on the 2021‑2027 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the Recovery Fund, the finalization of Brexit, the European Green Deal as well as the Pact on Migration and Asylum.

The discussions will take place in a social and economic environment heavily impacted by the COVID‑19 pandemic. The pandemic has unprecedented impact on all areas of human life, including migration and human mobility, both in terms of regimes for border and migration management, and the situation of all people on the move.

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And it is this human mobility and cross border trade that will be essential to recover from the COVID‑19 engendered crisis. In this regard the MFF and the Recovery Fund will play an important role to contribute to safe and inclusive human mobility during and beyond the pandemic.

Placing green transition at the heart of recovery from the COVID‑19 pandemic, offers the opportunity to involve migrants to support climate action both in Europe and partner countries so that no one is left behind.

Operations on return, readmission and reintegration have been drastically reduced. The development and implementation of alternative tools and e‑solutions can prepare and facilitate the resumption of movements.

The German Presidency takes place at a crucial point in time to ensure that we collectively achieve safe, orderly and regular migration across the entire migration cycle in a world impacted by COVID‑19.

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