Since 2005, the EU has entered into partnerships with countries outside of the EU, as a part of the so-called global approach to migration in order to ensure a better administration of migration. Through dialogue and partnerships covering all dimensions of the migration and asylum area, the EU works towards ensuring that this cooperation is of benefit - not just to the countries of origin, transit and recipient countries, but to the migrants as well. In late 2011, the Commission presented a communication on the future for the global approach to migration, which will be processed during the Danish EU Presidency.
A key element in this cooperation is to take preventive action against so-called mixed migration flows, meaning asylum seekers and illegal immigrants. The means are exchange of experience and other forms of practical cooperation as well as cooperation on capacity building with countries outside the EU. The purpose is to strengthen the protection capacity for the benefit of asylum seekers and refugees and mitigate negative consequences for affected local populations.