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Tackling Irregular Migration

Tackling Irregular Migration

The Returns Directive is the principal EU instrument for laying down the common standards and procedures in Member States to return third-country nationals who do not or no longer fulfil the conditions for entry, stay or residence within the territory of any EU country. No EU legal migration and asylum policy can be credible without the effective return of those third-country nationals who are staying in the EU illegally.

The offered course will help officials of national immigration and other law enforcement authorities, judges, lawyers, officials of EU institutions, officials of governmental and non-governmental organisations and other practitioners dealing with returns decisions to understand the Returns Directive better. The course will seek to help participants familiarise themselves with the evolving case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the national courts in adjudicating national returns decisions and provide the opportunity to have an in-depth exchange on the operational challenges they face in executing removal. The course will also be practice-oriented in the sense that it will offer examples and best practice as to the application of the Returns Directive and provide a practical insight into how help from European agencies can be requested to carry out returns.

How will it help you?

The course aims to critically examine the core principles, concepts and some EU-specific institutions related to irregular migration. The training will primarily focus on the application of the Returns Directive (2008/115/EC).

Participants will acquire a distinguished understanding of

  • EU law and policy related to return procedures and enforcing returns decisions;
  • The key issues pertinent to the fundamental rights aspects of immigration detention;
  • New case law from the Court of Justice of the European Union on how to interpret and apply the threat to public order in immigration proceedings.

Who will benefit most?

Practitioners dealing with various aspects of irregular migration, especially those directly enforcing returns, government officials, legal practitioners, members of the national judiciary, administrators and officers from EU institutions and agencies.

Learn about the operation of the Returns Directive and how to render a return decision in compliance with the Returns Directive and EU fundamental rights.


4 Feb 2019 @ 09:00 am

4 Feb 2019 @ 05:00 pm

Duration: 8 hours


European Centre for Judges and Lawyers

2 Circuit de La Foire Internationale

Circuit de La Foire Internationale


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