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European Migration Network (EMN) Asylum and Migration Glossary

European Migration Network (EMN) Asylum and Migration Glossary

The purpose of the European Migration Network (EMN) Glossary of terms relating to Asylum and Migration is inter alia to improve comparability between EU Member States through the use and common understanding of the terms and definitions contained herein. 

The Glossary is intended to serve as a useful European reference document for national statistics officers, policy-makers and other practitioners in the EU Member States, as well as EU institutions, in order to facilitate the exchange of information. It provides common terminology for the concepts included and thereby facilitates a precise discourse on asylum and migration matters, including in the media.

The online version of the Glossary is version 6.0 and was updated in March 2018 with the addition of 29 new terms reflecting the most recent European policy on migration and asylum. In addition, amendments to existing entries have been made to reflect new concepts and terminology, as well as evolutions in the usage of existing terms that have been introduced through new legislation and policy on asylum and migration in the EU. The new and updated terms reflect all developments since the adoption of the European Agenda on Migration of May 2015. It is also available for download as a mobile app in English and Italian for Android and iOS users (please note the Privacy Statement).

Printed versions are only published if they contain substantial changes. The last printed version was published as Version 6.0 in May 2018.

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