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Community statistics on asylum and migration
This regulation establishes common rules for the collection of Community statistics by European Union (EU) countries, covering immigration, emigration, international protection, residence, illegal immigration and returns. It forms part of the extension of the Commission’s 2003 action plan for developing Community statistics on migration.
Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 July 2007 on Community statistics on migration and international protection and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 311/76 on the compilation of statistics on foreign workers.
This regulation establishes common rules for the collection of Community statistics on migration by European Union (EU) countries. It concerns statistics relating to immigration * to and emigration * from an EU country, citizenship and country of birth of persons resident in the territories of EU countries, and administrative and judicial procedures relating to migration.
Statistics on migration, international protection, illegal immigration and returns
EU countries are required to provide Eurostat with statistics on the numbers of:
- immigrants moving to their territories;
- emigrants moving from their territories;
- persons usually resident in their territories;
- residence permits issued, including long-term residence permits;
- natural persons having acquired national citizenship.
EU countries are also required to give the numbers of:
- persons applying for international protection;
- persons covered by applications under consideration by the national authorities;
- applications rejected;
- applications granting refugee, subsidiary protection and temporary protection statuses;
- unaccompanied minors;
- applications and transfers covered by the Dublin II Regulation;
- persons selected for resettlement *.
In addition, EU countries must provide Eurostat with statistics on the numbers of non-EU country nationals who have been refused entry at their external borders and who have been found illegally present in their territories.
Furthermore, EU countries must provide statistics on the number of administrative or judicial decisions imposing an obligation to leave their territories, as well as on the number of non-EU country nationals who are returned to their countries of origin, countries of transit or other non-EU countries.
Provisions common to the different categories
The statistics are based on:
- records of administrative and judicial actions;
- registers relating to administrative actions and population registers;
- sample surveys.
As a rule, the statistics are disaggregated by age, sex and nationality. The Commission may adopt other disaggregations, such as the year in which the residence permit was granted for the first time (statistics on residence permits) or reason for refusal or arrest (statistics on illegal entry and immigration).
The Commission is assisted by the Statistical Programming Committee. It will submit a report to the European Parliament and to the Council on the implementation of the regulation by 20 August 2012 at the latest (and then every three years).
This regulation is in response to the conclusions of the Thessaloniki European Council of June 2003, which asked for more effective mechanisms for collecting and analysing information on migration and asylum in the EU. The Commission had previously published an action plan laying down the objectives for developing statistics in this field.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Regulation (EC) No 862/2007||
OJ L 199 of 31.7.2007