Migration and Home Affairs

How to ensure fair, humane and effective return procedures

Friday, 28 March, 2014

The Commission adopted today a Communication on the EU's Return Policy. The main findings focus on the fact that an effective and humane return policy with full respect for fundamental rights is a necessary part of a comprehensive migration policy. The Return Directive has established clear, transparent and fair common rules concerning the return of third-country nationals without a legal right to stay in the EU, and concerning the use of coercive measures, detention and bans on re-entry. Over recent years significant legislative and practical changes have taken place in all Member States to apply the rules and improve the way return procedures are carried out. Further progress could however be made to ensure that all guarantees provided under the Return Directive are evenly implemented throughout the EU.

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