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  1994 Entry and Asylum Policies in Selected Western Countries    
  1995 Asyl in Europa - Asyl in der Schweiz    
  1995 Refugees from Mostar in European Countries    
  1995 Structure and Costs of the Asylum Systems in Seven European Countries    
  1995 Struktur und Kosten der Asylsysteme in Österreich und der Schweiz    
  1997 Änderungen im Bereich der „Dritten Säule” der Europäischen Union    
  1997 Migration in Central and Eastern Europe    
  1999 Organised Crime and Trafficking in Aliens    
  1999 Qualifikationsniveau von ArbeitsmigrantInnen in Österreich    
  2001 Austria’s reception of conflict refugees    
  2001 Current Roma migration from the EU Candidate States    
  2001 Die soziale Mobilität der AusländerInnen    
  2001 EU policies Concerning Migration, Asylum and Crossing of External Borders    
  2002 New Challenges for Migration Policy in Central and Eastern Europe    
  2002 Practical Guide to the Gathering and Usage of Country of Origin Information    
  2003 Estimates on the numbers of illegal and smuggled immigrants in Europe    
  2004 Human Smuggling and Asylum    
  2004 Illegal Migration in Europe    
  2004 Short-term Effects of EU Enlargement    
  2004-2005 Towards Harmonised European Statistics on International Migration    
  2005 Comparative Study on Anti-Discrimination Legislation    
  2005 Comparative Study on the Admission of Clergy    
  2005 Hague Programme    
  2005 Illegal Migration in CEE    
  2005 Integration agreements and voluntary measures    
  2005 Migration and Security    
  2005 The Development-Visa Scheme    
  2006 - Study on Categorized Protection    
  2006 Innovative Concepts for Alternative Migration Policies    
  2006 - Comparative Study of CoI Systems    
2005-2007 Migration and Irregular Work    
Admission of Third Country Nationals    
Analysis of literature on the EU-Enlargement    
Austrian Report on Migration and Integration    
Comparative Analysis of Asylum Policies    
Comparing national migration data    
Economic relations in the Process of EU-Enlargement    
EU Repatriation Policies    
Irregular Roma Migration    
Migrants on the Austrian Labour Market    
Study on Return - A Swiss Perspective    
New Research Project on Family Migration    
2005 Year Book on Illegal Migration, Human Smuggling and Trafficking in CEE    
Research project on human smuggling and trafficking in migrants    
2006 - Comparative Study of CoI Systems    
2003 Year Book Illegal Migration, Human Smuggling and Trafficking CEE    
2004-04 Towards A Multilateral Migration Regime    
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The Implications of the Hague Programme for European Asylum and Migration policies

In 2004, the five-year transitional period foreseen for the implementation of the Tampere work programme on migration and asylum came to an end and intense discussions on the adoption of a new multi-annual work programme took place between the Commission, the Council and the Member States. The new five-year work programme, the so-called „Hague Programme“, was adopted at the Brussels European Council on 4/5 November 2004 and deals with all aspects of policies relating to the area of freedom, security and justice, notably fundamental rights and citizenship, asylum and migration, border management and integration. The new programme, which is in itself not legally binding, reflects the ambitions of the Constitution for Europe and contains a political commitment to abolish the requirement of unanimous voting in the Council on all EU immigration and asylum laws (except for legal immigration) by 1 April 2005.

The Hague Programme proposes several key steps for the further communitarization of Asylum and migration policy:

- the establishment of a common asylum procedure and a uniform status for those who are granted asylum or subsidiary protection, including the establishment of the new European Refugee Fund for the period 2005-2010, and designated Community funds for assisting Member States in the reception and processing of asylum-seekers;

- the adoption of an EU approach to managing economic migration;

- a greater coordination of national integration policies, including the establishment of common basic principles on integration, the exchange of experience and information on integration and a new fund for integration programmes;

- the integration of migration in the EU’s existing and future relations with third countries, encompassing issues such as refugee protection, combating illegal migration, return and readmission, and including the establishment of a European Return Fund by 2007;

- the strengthening of controls and surveillance of the external borders of the EU, including the establishment of a Community border management fund by the end of 2006 at the latest;

- the further development of the Common Visa Policy, including harmonized solutions on biometric identifiers in travel documents and the establishment of common visa offices in the long term.

This ICMPD briefing paper provides an analysis of the Hague programme, critically evaluates the progress made so far under the Tampere agenda and gives an outlook on the future development of EU Migration and Asylum Policy.

Type of Document: Briefing Paper

Author/s: Haleh Chahrokh, Martin Hofmann, Albert Kraler, Michael Jandl and Cecilia Lundström


Published: Webpublication, ICMPD

Pages: 22 p.

Language/s: English


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