Progressively, a more united approach to dealing with migration is emerging. But there is still work to be done to build up a coherent and comprehensive way of both reaping the benefits and addressing the challenges deriving from migration in the long term.


Saving lives and securing the EU’s borders


In 2015, 2016 and 2017 EU operations contributed to:


  • over 520,000 lives saved
  • over 2,100 suspected traffickers and smugglers apprehended
  • 387 vessels removed

The EU Member States agreed in June 2016 to establish a new European Border and Coast Guard to reinforce the management and security of the EU’s common external borders. Currently the European Border and Coast Guard has around 1,500 officers deployed to support Member States at the external borders, complementing the existing national capacities of Member States of over 100,000 border guards.


Europol has opened a new European Migrant Smuggling Centre to support EU Member States in dismantling criminal networks involved in organised migrant smuggling.


Tackling the root causes of migration


The EU is working on enhancing relations with five key countries of origin and transit in Africa (Ethiopia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal). The Partnership Framework and the Valletta Action Plan have allowed us to initiate long-term cooperation with a number of partner countries and both are already yielding results.

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