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Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA)


A forum for the exchange of information amongst the EU Member States, consisting of senior officials in the fields of asylum, immigration and frontiers, which aims to implement a European Union strategic approach to matters related to asylum, immigration and frontiers.


Note from the President of the EU Council to SCIFA, Document 17476/10


  • BG: Стратегически комитет по имиграция, граници и убежище
  • CS: Strategický výbor pro přistěhovalectví, hranice a azyl
  • DE: Strategisches Komitee für Einwanderungs-, Grenz- und Asylfragen
  • EL: Στρατηγική Επιτροπή για τη Μετανάστευση, τα Σύνορα και το Άσυλο
  • EN: Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA)
  • ES: Comité Estratégico de Inmigración, Fronteras y Asilo
  • ET: Strateegiline sisserände-, piiride ja varjupaigakomitee
  • FI: Maahanmuutto-, raja- ja turvapaikka-asioiden strateginen komitea
  • FR: Comité stratégique sur l’immigration, les frontières et l’asile
  • GA: an Coiste Straitéiseach um Inimirce, Teorainneacha agus Tearmann
  • HU: Bevándorlással, Határokkal és Menekültüggyel Foglalkozó Stratégiai Bizottság
  • IT: Comitato Strategico in materia di Immigrazione, Frontiere e Asilo
  • LT: Imigracijos, sienų ir prieglobsčio strateginis komitetas
  • LV: Imigrācijas, robežu un patvēruma jautājumu stratēģiskā komiteja
  • MT: Kumitat Strateġiku dwar l-Immigrazzjoni, il‑Fruntieri u l-Ażil
  • NL: Strategisch Comité immigratie, grenzen en asiel
  • PL: Strategiczny Komitet ds. Imigracji, Granic i Azylu
  • PT: Comité Estratégico Imigração, Fronteiras e Asilo
  • RO: Comitetul Strategic pentru Imigraţie, Frontiere şi Azil
  • SK: Strategický výbor pre prisťahovalectvo, hranice a azyl
  • SL: Strateški odbor za priseljevanje, meje in azil
  • SV: Strategiska kommittén för invandring, gränser och asyl
  • NO: Strategikomité for innvandrings-, grense- og asylspørsmål



Related Term(s)


1. SCIFA was set up as part of a new working structure to prepare the Council’s discussions with regard to immigration, frontiers and asylum. SCIFA focuses on in-depth discussions on issues of a more strategic nature, such as politically important issues and issues of a horizontal or cross-cutting character to deal with questions arising from Articles 62, 63 and 64 of the Treaty of the European Community (TEC) with a view to synthesising and, where necessary, solving them and to give substantive input to Coreper’s discussions. SCIFA provides its conclusions to Coreper, after which they are considered by the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council.
2. SCIFA can create Working Parties (e.g. Working Party on Migration and Expulsion) to consider in detail the specific proposals tabled by the European Commission. These Working Parties report on their outcomes to SCIFA.