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EU Rules on Irregular Migration
How to legally enter the EU
Non-EU citizens who want to come to the EU must make sure they have the necessary documents. EU rules aim to make it easier to come to the EU legally while preventing irregular migration.
EU countries have also adopted common rules to prosecute human traffickers and smugglers, as well as an Action Plan on how to take care of children travelling alone.
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Risks and rights of an irregular stay
Non-EU citizens who are found to be staying in an EU country without permission will generally be required to leave. EU rules set minimum standards and procedures for returning people from an EU country where they have been staying illegally. Returns must be carried out with dignity and in full respect of fundamental rights.
EU rules also set a minimum level for criminal sanctions for employers who hire unauthorised migrant workers. The rights of such workers should always be respected and they should receive full salaries, even if they have already left their EU host country.
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