Informal meeting of heads of state or government, 23/09/2015

European Council

Over the last few months the EU has been confronted with an unprecedented number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe. 

The EU, together with the member states, has taken a range of measures to address the challenges created by migration. The Council and European Council are intensifying efforts to ensure an adequate and appropriate response to the current refugee crisis and establish a credible European migration policy.

EU leaders met in Brussels on 23 September 2015 to:

  • decide on practical priorities for immediate application
  • discuss how to respond to long term migratory challenges, the protection of the EU external borders and the external assistance to refugees and countries in our neighbourhood

EU leaders agreed on a list of priorities :

  • assist Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and other countries in dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis
  • mobilise at least 1 billon additional funding for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme
  • reinforce cooperation and dialogue with Turkey at all levels
  • assist the countries of the Western Balkans in the management of refugee flows
  • increase funding to address the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa
  • tackle the dramatic situation at the EU external borders and strengthen their control 
  • assist frontline member states in the establishment of hotspots, to ensure a correct identification of migrants and at the same time ensure relocation and returns

They also called for renewed diplomatic efforts to solve the crisis in Syria and ensure the formation of a government of national unity in Libya.

Migration was on the agenda of the European Council again on 15-16 October 2015.

Last reviewed on 09/12/2015