Migration and Asylum

Human mobility has steadily shrunken in the Euro-Mediterranean region over the past three years. So has the ability for CSOs in the region to promote and protect the human rights of migrants and refugees. From this perspective, the Covid-19 pandemic has all but strengthened an already existing trend towards blocking trans-border mobility, reducing access to asylum and protection for migrants and refugees, and increasing the use of forced returns and pushbacks across international borders.

With the proposal of its “Migration Pact” in 2020, the EU confirmed its perception of migration as a threat to its internal stability. In consequence, EU policy instruments and budgets focus, on one hand, on protecting EU borders and on the other hand, on developing collaboration with third countries both on migrant readmission and on controlling their own borders. EuroMed Rights’ political goal is that migration and asylum rights are reinforced in the Euro- Mediterranean. Read more on this political goal.


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EuroMed Rights’ Migration and Asylum Programme aims to promote free, safe, and fair mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean region, towards the implementation of policies and practices respectful of the fundamental rights of migrants and refugees.

The programme’s work in 2020 focused on producing in-depth and factual analyses on the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum which sets the EU’s and Member States’ future framework on this matter. EuroMed Rights raised concerns over the human rights violations that this Pact would entail across the region. In September and October 2020, prominent media outlets, such as Aljazeera and Euronews, interviewed EuroMed Rights as a leading and credible organisation in the migration field. Later, other European and national media outlets portrayed EuroMed Rights’ positions and work.

“United we stand, divided we fall” remains the Migration and Asylum Working Group’s core message. EuroMed Rights and its members spoke with one voice at the level of the EU, its member states and countries of origin to ensure that the Pact protects migrants’ and refugees’ rights. As the Pact lacked an impact assessment by the European Commission, EuroMed Rights produced a simulation report on the impact of the Pact on Italy, as first-arrival country. This report was sent to the Italian Minister of Interior by our Italian member, ARCI. Later, the Italian government addressed a “non-paper” to the European Commission and the other EU member states raising concerns, among others, on the lack of solidarity mechanism in the EU Pact on Migration.

In light of the worrying increase in migrants’ deaths and arrivals on the Atlantic route, EuroMed Rights organised a field mission to the Canary Islands. Three Members of the European Parliament were also investigating the situation and EuroMed Rights was able to team up and provide information during the visit. A photo reportage portraying the situation as a sort of “laboratory” of the EU Pact on Migration and Asylum was then produced. Thanks to this fieldwork, various local, national and regional media outlets interviewed EuroMed Rights on the situation of migrants and refugees over there.

The creation of a dedicated webpage (“On the Move”) – updated bimonthly – helps us track the latest developments in field of migration and asylum across the Mediterranean. The page has become an essential source of information for officials, member and partner organisations interested in the topic.


Working group

The Migration and Asylum Working Group brings together over 20 experts from 17 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It is the resource hub for implementing as well as providing strategic, technical and professional input to the programme. By connecting civil society organisations across the Mediterranean, the Working Group contributes to amplify their voices with decision-makers and media.