EURODEFENSE OBSERVATORY ON MIGRATIONS. OCTOBER 2023 CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
Irregular migration has become one of the most sensitive political issues on the EU agenda, as the number of arrivals continues to grow on all routes, especially across the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic from West Africa to the Canary Islands.
The EU Council would like to complete the process of establishing a common system (New Pact on Migration and Asylum) to deal with this problem before the elections to the European Parliament in June 2024. A step forward has been the recent approval of the draft regulation on Crisis Situations and Force Majeure, which will open the way for negotiations between the Council and the Parliament. The draft Regulation establishes the norms that would be applicable in exceptional circumstances, when the bloc’s asylum system is under great stress by a sudden and massive arrival of migrants.