Irregular immigration in the EU: Facts and Figures

Irregular immigration in the EU: Facts and Figures

Here are the facts and figures on irregular immigration published by the European Parliamentary Research Service. It’s a recommended read.



Written by Giulio Sabbati and Eva-Maria Poptcheva

Irregular immigrants are third-country nationals who do not fulfil, or no longer fulfil, the conditions of entry as set out in Article 5 of the Schengen Borders Code or other conditions for entry, stay or residence in that Member State. In contrast, asylum-seekers are persons claiming international protection due to the risk of persecution in their home country. For data on asylum-seekers in the EU, please see our Infographic Asylum in the EU: Facts and Figures.

The EU’s legal framework for irregular immigration is scattered over many legal instruments. Those which apply at the point of a migrant’s arrival focus on border management, and prevention of irregular immigration through cooperation with countries of origin and transit. For further information, please see our Briefing EU legal framework on asylum and irregular immigration ‘on arrival’.

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All British political parties are eurosceptic now – Wolfgang Münchau –

This is an outstanding, must-read, article by Wolfgang Münchau in the FT. Check it out!

via All British political parties are eurosceptic now –

I very much value Wolfgang Münchau’s opinions. Often he’s ahead of the crowd. This opinion reinforced the views of  Robin Niblett, director of Chatham House, the top international think-tank. See my earlier blog.

What both  Münchau and Niblett focus on is the Labour Party’s phony position on Europe.

Personally, I have always been pro-Europe but not federalism. For me, David Cameron’s is most likely to negotiate a compromise with the EU – this would be ahead of any referendum. Otherwise, the alternative of a Brexit now looks more likely.