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Migration and Home Affairs

This Commission department is responsible for EU policy on migration and home affairs.


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We are the European Commission’s department (DG HOME) in charge of migration and home affairs, under the leadership of Commissioner Ylva Johansson.

A balanced and comprehensive Migration Policy

Presented in September 2020, the New Pact on Migration and Asylum is a comprehensive and European approach to migration focusing on responsibility and solidarity. It wants to put in place a fairer, more European approach to manage migration and asylum. It aims to provide a humane and effective long-term response to current challenges of irregular migration: developing legal migration pathways, better integrating refugees and other newcomers as well as deepening migration partnerships with countries of origin and transit for mutual benefit.

Internal security

Within the Commission, DG HOME is responsible for the EU’s internal security policy, which is a component of the new Security Union Strategy 2020-2025. The aim is to build a safer Europe by fighting terrorism and organised crime, by promoting police cooperation and by preparing to swiftly respond to emerging crises. Our actions in these areas include stricter rules against illicit trafficking of firearms and on trafficking in human beings, as well as revision of legislation on combating child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child pornography.

Securing EU external bordersSchengen, borders and visa

Secure the EU external borders and maintain an area without borders, in which citizens, many non-EU nationals, business people and tourists can freely circulate without being subjected to border checks (the Schengen Area). 

External dimension

In our policies, we promote dialogue and cooperation with non-EU countries so that we can work in partnership and jointly tackle common challenges. Our external action contributes to the strengthening of the EU’s position as a reliable, active and pragmatic global player, while ensuring the effectiveness of our policies. We also manage EU financing instruments that support concrete actions in the field of home affairs.

Plans and reports

Commission work programme - overview of institution-wide deliverables for current year

Strategic plan - department strategy, objectives for 2020-2024

Management plan - department forecasted outputs, activities, resources for current year

Annual activity report - department achievements, resources used during previous year

Leadership and organisation

(Acting) Director-General, Deputy Director-General
Beate Gminder
3 JULY 2024
Migration and Home Affairs - Organisation chart


Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs

Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs
Phone number
+32 2 299 11 11 (Commission switchboard)
Postal address

European Commission
1049 Bruxelles/Brussel