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Establishment and development

At the initiative of the European Council, the European Commission was called on in Laeken in December 2001 to develop a system for exchanging information on asylum, migration and countries of origin, and thus to contribute towards creating a joint asylum and immigration policy. As a result, the EMN was initiated as a pilot project in 2003. In that year, the European Council in Thessaloniki welcomed the establishment of the EMN and stated that it would examine the possibility of setting up a permanent structure at a later date.


The Hague Programme for the years 2005 to 2010 also confirmed the need for objective, reliable, up-to-date data on migration. After the pilot phase had been completed, the EMN was therefore placed on a legal foundation on 14 May 2008 in the shape of Council Decision 2008/381/EC. The decision came into force on being published in the Official Journal of the EU on 21 May 2008, and obliged all Member States with the exception of Denmark to establish National Contact Points. Their work in the field of exchanging information within the EU was confirmed and lent concrete form by the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum of 2008, as well as by the Stockholm Programme from 2010 to 2014.


The Commission provides information on the most important developments in its annual activity reports.

4 September 2012 EMN Status Report 2011

28 October 2011 EMN Status Report 2010

1 August 2010 EMN Status Report 2009

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