Managing the Refugee Crisis: A New Partnership Framework
External migratory pressure is the ‘new normal’ both for the EU and for partner countries. Responding to the current
situation requires a more coordinated, systematic and structured approach, matching the EU’s interests and the interests
of our partners. Migration Partnerships will be at the heart of this approach. The EU will seek partnerships with key third
countries of origin and transit using a mix of incentives tailored to produce concrete results in stemming the flow of irregular migrants and helping third countries’ development in order to address root causes of irregular migration. This will require the use of all policies and tools at the EU’s disposal. Member State contributions – diplomatic, technical and financial – will be of fundamental importance in delivering results.