About the European Migration Network
In December 2001 the European Council called on the European Commission to develop a system for exchanging information on all aspects of migration, which was to contribute to the establishment of a European asylum and immigration policy. In response, the Commission set up a network of national contact points as a Preparatory Action spanning the period 2004-2006. On the 10th August 2007 a proposal was submitted by the Commission for a Council Decision establishing a European Migration Network in order to enable the EMN to work in the long term on a secure legal and financial basis after the end of the preparatory phase.
Council Decision 2008/381/EC
came into force with effect from the 14th May 2008. The main focus of the new legal instrument is to regulate participation on the EMN by all EU member states, thereby making participation mandatory.