Following the call by EU leaders at the June European Council, the Commission is today expanding on the concept of controlled centres as well as short-term measures that could be taken to improve the processing of migrants being disembarked in the EU, and giving a first outline of the possible way forward for the establishment of regional disembarkation arrangements with third countries. Regional disembarkation arrangements should be seen as working in concert with the development of controlled centres in the EU: together, both concepts should help ensure a truly shared regional responsibility in responding to complex migration challenges.
The rescue of some 800 White Helmets and their families from Syria is an important humanitarian gesture. Their lives had been at imminent risk following the recent escalation of violence in south west Syria. The White Helmets, also known as Syria Civil Defence, are a Syrian volunteer organisation dedicated to saving, protecting and helping civilians during the Syrian conflict.
After years of violent conflict, which resulted in the loss of numerous innocent lives and the displacement of many people, there is hope for Somalia: reconciliation among Somalis, stability and security, economic growth and prosperity without corruption, and equitable representation, are amongst the goals for Somali citizens. The international community has continuously supported Somalia and this was highlighted during a two-day high-level conference, the Somalia Partnership Forum, which took place on 16 and 17 July 2018 in Brussels.