The EU is strengthening the cooperation and coordination between liaison officers deployed to third countries by member states or the EU to deal with immigration-related issues
To achieve this, the Council today adopted a regulation to improve the functioning of the European network of immigration liaison officers. The new rules include the following provisions:
Immigration liaison officers are deployed to third countries by member states and the EU in order to establish and maintain contacts with the authorities of the host country on migration issues (prevention and combatting of illegal migration, facilitating return, managing legal migration).
In 2004, the EU adopted a regulation creating a network of immigration liaison officers to coordinate the efforts of officers within a third-country or region. However, with almost 500 immigration liaison officers currently deployed by member states to more than 100 countries, there have continued to be gaps in coordination, which the new rules will address.