European External Action Service: the Eastern Partnership is not conducive to mass migration to the EU
On 24 November 2017, the 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit takes place in Brussels. On the eve of this event the European External Action Service issued a factsheet in which it analyzed the most common stereotypes associated with the EaP.
In particular, the document touches the EU migration policy toward the EaP countries and whether it could lead to mass migration to the EU.
The factsheet emphasizes, inter alia, that the EU has agreements in place with Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine that allow their citizens who hold biometric passports to travel to the Schengen Area without a visa for 90 in any 180-day period. They can come for tourism, to visit relatives or friends, or for business purposes, but not to work. Visa facilitation agreements are in place with Armenia and Azerbaijan whereby visas are still required, but there is less of an administrative burden for their citizens to travel to the Schengen Area.
The abovementioned agreements are accompanied by readmission agreements, which establish the procedures for the return of irregular immigrants to their countries, including those involved in criminal activity. There are systematic checks against relevant databases on people crossing the external borders of the EU, to verify that they do not represent a threat to public order, internal security or public health. These databases include the Schengen Information System and Interpol's database on stolen and lost travel documents.
The full text of the document is available at the following link.