DG HOME develops and carries out the Commission’s policies on:

  • Migration and asylum
  • Borders and security

Migration and asylum: what the Commission is doing

The Commission is developing a common migration and asylum policy to manage the refugee crisis. It will help Europe both to take advantage of the opportunities and to tackle the challenges of increased cross-border mobility. This involves:

  • protecting those in need of shelter
  • curbing irregular migration
  • saving lives at sea and securing the EU’s external borders
  • guaranteeing free movement of people within the Schengen area
  • better organisation of legal migration
  • better integration of non-EU nationals into EU societies


  • ensure all EU countries fully implement the Common European Asylum System (CEAS)
  • reduce the incentives for irregular migration, fight smuggling and increase the effectiveness of return policies
  • protect our external borders better, thanks to increased funding and a more prominent role for the European border agency Frontex
  • safeguard the functioning of the internal border free Schengen zone
  • promote legal migration of persons with skills needed in Europe
  • cooperate more closely with non-EU countries to smooth repatriation of irregular migrants

For further information:

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31

  1. States Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the art.
  2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.