The Pact and Detention: An Empty Promise of ‘certainty, clarity and decent conditions’

By Galina Cornelisse, Associate Professor, EU Law and Public International Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

When presenting the new Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission wrote that its underlying rationale is the need for a new, durable European framework: ‘one that can provide certainty, clarity and decent conditions for the men, women and children arriving in the EU.’ Particularly when it comes to detention and accommodation at the borders of Europe, the last ten years have shown structural weaknesses in EU law and its implementation precisely with regard to ‘certainty, clarity and decent conditions.’ Thus, certainty and clarity are negated by the numerous instances of de facto detention that occur at the borders of Europe, or the vague legal framework governing the situation in the hotspots. And the conditions that prevail in some of Europe’s immigration detention centres, or in other places where people are either deprived of their liberty or where their freedom of movement is restricted, are a far cry from any possible interpretation of the term decency. Thus, proposals for new policies that aim to enhance certainty, clarity and decent conditions in this area are long overdue.

In this post I discuss those elements of the New Pact and its accompanying legislative and non-legislative initiatives that touch on detention and freedom of movement of third-country nationals. After setting out the content of the proposals in some detail, I investigate these through the lens of fundamental rights compliance. We will see that the Commission proposals do not sufficiently contemplate the implications of the link between border control and the liberty of individuals. The absence of a thorough and well-thought-out legal framework regulating detention and freedom of movement at the borders of Europe means that the promise of certainty, clarity and decent conditions can only be translated in practice if substantial changes to the proposed legislation are made.

1. Detention, Freedom of Movement and the Pact: An Overview

Whereas before 2011, EU law had not harmonised the use of detention in the context of migration and asylum procedures, now the majority of instruments that form part of the proposed common framework regulating asylum and migration policy contain provisions on detention. Here I give an overview of the instruments included in the Pact that, if adopted, would have an impact on practices of detention or restrictions on liberty. I discuss both the new instruments presented in September and the earlier proposals for a recast of the Return Directive and for a recast of the Asylum Reception Conditions Directive, as the Commission foresees the adoption of these latter instruments as part of the Pact.


In the first place, the Commission proposes ‘new migration management tools’ at the external border which include harmonised procedures to decide swiftly upon arrival. Thus, a ‘pre-entry phase’ is established consisting of a screening and a border procedure for asylum and return, all of which have implications for the personal liberty of migrants. The screening procedure, in which migrants, who do not satisfy the conditions for entry in the Schengen Borders Code, will be registered and screened to establish their identity and to carry out health and security checks, may take up to five days. In exceptional circumstances, this period may be extended by another five days. To what extent the screening procedure is a redecoration of existing practices has been discussed by Lyra Jakulevičienė in this blog.

For our purposes it is important to highlight that the Proposal for a Screening Regulation is opaque with regard to the question whether screening at the external border requires detention. Thus, it ‘leaves the determination in which situations the screening requires detention and the modalities thereof […]  to national law.’ In Recital 12 of the Proposal, it is nonetheless made clear that Member States are ‘required to apply measures pursuant to national law to prevent the persons concerned from entering the territory during the screening’, which ‘in individual cases may include detention’. Article 3 of the Proposal therefore obliges Member States to make sure that during the screening, persons shall not be authorised to enter the territory of a Member State (an obligation that – logically – does not apply when it concerns third-country nationals found within the territory of the Member States who have irregularly crossed an external border, but who may also be referred to the screening procedure). In its Staff Working Document, the Commission writes that ‘during the screening, migrants would be held by competent national authorities.’

Asylum Border Procedure

On the basis of the screening, the third-country nationals will be referred to the suitable procedure, which can be asylum, refusal of entry or return. If persons are channelled in the asylum procedure, their asylum applications will be assessed either in a normal procedure or in a border procedure, which is discussed in more detail in the blogpost by Jens Vedsted-Hansen. The border procedure provides Member States with the possibility (and in some cases the obligation) to examine ‘asylum claims with low chances of being accepted rapidly without requiring legal entry to the Member State’s territory.’ Hence, one of the defining characteristics of a border procedure is that the applicant is not (yet) authorised to enter the Member State’s territory. In this respect the proposed border procedure is similar to the current border procedure in Article 43 Asylum Procedures Directive. The new Article 41(6) in Amended Proposal for an Asylum Procedures Regulation makes explicit that ‘applicants subject to the asylum border procedure shall not be authorised to enter the Member State’s territory’. The border procedure should be as short as possible but no longer than 12 weeks. After that period of time, applicants have a right to enter the territory. Specifically with regard to the location, the Commission writes that ‘the border procedure would be more flexible than it currently is, allowing for the holding of applicants not only at the border or in proximity to the border, but also at other locations, should capacity become stretched.’

However, just as with regard to the screening procedure, it is not unequivocally clear how the refusal of entry of applicants relates to their right to personal liberty. According to Recital 40f in the Amended Proposal for an Asylum Procedures Regulation, ‘the border procedure for the examination of an application for international protection can be applied without recourse to detention.’ Nevertheless, the Recital continues, ‘Member States should be able to apply the grounds for detention during the border procedure in accordance with the Reception Conditions Directive.’ Whereas the use of detention during the screening phase is thus left to national law, it is to be regulated by EU law during the border procedure: Article 8(1)(d) of the Proposal for a recast of the Reception Conditions Directive provides for detention in order to decide in the context of a border procedure on the applicants right to enter the territory.

Return Border Procedures

If an asylum border procedure is used and the application is rejected, a return border procedure will follow. The Commission presents the joint asylum and return border procedure as an important migration management tool to prevent ‘unauthorised entries and unauthorised movements.’ The return border procedure is detailed in same legislative instrument (Procedures Regulation) as the asylum border procedure and as such replaces the return border procedure included in the 2018 proposal for a recast Return Directive. It is discussed in more detail by Madalina Moraru in this blog. Once again, the legislative instrument is not explicit to what extent such procedures involve restrictions on freedom of movement or deprive returnees of their personal liberty: Article 41a in the Amended Proposal for an Asylum Procedures Regulation states that persons whose applications are rejected in the asylum border procedure ‘shall be kept for a period not exceeding 12 weeks in locations at or in proximity to the external border or transit zones; where a Member State cannot accommodate them in those locations, it can resort to the use of other locations within its territory.’

In spite of the use of the term ‘kept’ in this provision, the Commission reflects neither in the proposed Asylum Procedures Regulation, nor in any other document systematically on how return border procedures relate to the right to personal liberty of detainees; more specifically it fails to address the question under which conditions these procedures involve deprivations of liberty. In the Staff Working document, it writes in para 5.1.3. that “irregular migrants in a return border procedure would not be subject to detention as a rule. However, when it is necessary to prevent irregular entry, or there is a risk of absconding, of hampering return, or a threat to public order or national security, they may be subject to detention.”

With regard to the grounds for detention, the proposed Article 41a of the proposed Asylum Procedures Regulation distinguishes between two groups: those who were detained during the asylum border procedure and those who were not. The former “may continue to be detained for the purpose of preventing entry into the territory of the Member State, preparing the return or carrying out the removal process”; the latter “may be detained if there is a risk of absconding within the meaning of the Return Directive, if they avoid or hamper the preparation of return or the removal process or they pose a risk to public policy, public security or national security.” For both groups, detention shall be maintained for as short a period as possible, as long as removal arrangements are in progress and executed with due diligence. The period of detention shall not exceed 12 weeks, a period that needs to be included in the maximum period of detention under the Return Directive. The relevant provisions in the Return Directive regarding procedural and other guarantees for detainees are applicable.

Detention in the recast Return Directive

This brings us to the proposal for a recast of the Return Directive tabled by the Commission on 12 September 2018. According to the Commission, the proposed recast consists of targeted amendments aimed at maximising the effectiveness of EU return policy, whilst safeguarding the fundamental rights of irregular migrants. This has resulted in stricter rules on preventing absconding and unauthorised movements, most conspicuously by introducing an extra ground for the detention of irregular migrants: detention is also permissible if “the third-country national concerned poses a risk to public policy, public security or national security.” Moreover, Member States are obliged to establish a maximum period of detention of at least three months, a change that the Commission justifies by referring at ineffectiveness of return policies. Changes that have been proposed with regard to the risk of absconding and the mandatory denial of a period of voluntary return also have implications on the right to liberty, but for reasons of scope these will not be fleshed out here, also because they have been addressed by Madalina Moraru and me in a previous blog post.

Detention in transfer procedures

Additional changes to the legal framework regulating detention and accommodation of applicants for international protection are foreseen in the Proposal for an Asylum and Migration Management Regulation replacing the Dublin Regulation. Whereas detention on the basis of Article 28 of the current Dublin Regulation is only permissible if there is a significant risk of absconding, the Proposal for an Asylum and Migration Management Regulation uses merely ‘risk of absconding’ in Article 34. Changes are also made to the time limits applicable to the transfer procedures if detention is used – in most cases resulting in stricter time limits for submitting and replying to requests and carrying out transfers.

Freedom of movement and detention in ‘regular’ asylum procedures

The Commission Proposal for the recast Reception Conditions Directive introduces changes regarding the legal framework regulating both freedom of movement and detention during the asylum procedure. Just as in the current Reception Conditions Directive, freedom of movement within the territory of the Member State or within an area assigned to them is the general rule. The proposal for the recast however requires (“shall decide”) Member States to assign aspecific place of residence if this is necessary for reasons of public interest or public order, for the swift processing and effective monitoring the application, for the swift processing and effective monitoring of transfer procedures or in order to effectively prevent the applicant from absconding.

Such necessity may in particular present itself if the applicant did not make an application for international protection in the Member State of first irregular entry or legal entry. The Proposal defines absconding as the action by which an applicant, in order to avoid asylum procedures, either leaves the territory where he or she is obliged to be present or does not remain available to the competent authorities. A risk of absconding is defined as the existence of reasons in an individual case, which are based on objective criteria defined by national law, to believe that an applicant may abscond. The proposal makes explicit that “all decisions restricting an applicant’s freedom of movement need to be based on the particular situation of the person concerned, taking into account any special reception needs of applicants and the principle of proportionality.” Moreover, “applicants must be duly informed in writing of such decisions and of the consequences of non-compliance.”

The importance that the Commission attaches to measures restricting freedom of movement is reflected in the fact that an additional ground for detention has been added in Article 8: if an applicant has been assigned a specific place of residence but has not complied with the obligation to reside there, and there is a continued risk that the applicant will abscond, the applicant may be detained in order to make sure the obligation to reside in a specific place is complied with. This is only possible if the applicant was aware of the obligation and the consequences of non-compliance. All the requirements for lawful detention and applicable guarantees as laid down in the current Reception Conditions Directive remain unchanged. This means inter alia that the length of the detention must be proportionate and that detention is no longer permissible if there are no longer reasons for believing that the applicant will not fulfil the obligation to reside in a particular place.

Derogation in Times of Crisis

The Proposal for a Migration and Asylum Crisis Regulation concerns provisions adapting the new migration management tools at the border in exceptional situations, some of which have repercussions for the right to liberty. Thus, in the case that a mass influx of irregular arrivals would overwhelm a Member State’s asylum, reception or return systems and thus jeopardise the functioning of the CEAS, derogations are allowed from the proposed Asylum Procedures Regulation, making it possible to extend the duration of the asylum border procedure and the return border procedure with another 8 weeks. The preamble of the Crisis Regulation clarifies that it should be possible to use detention during this period as well, in accordance with Article 41a of the Proposed Procedures Regulation when it concerns the return border procedure (and presumably on the basis of the recast Reception Conditions Directive in cases of the asylum border procedure). Moreover, the proposed Crisis Regulation introduces two cases, additional to the ones set in the proposal for a recast Return Directive, in which the existence of a risk of absconding in individual cases can be presumed, unless proven otherwise. Such a presumption may subsequently provide the basis for using detention on the basis of Article 18 of the proposed recast of the Return Directive. The two additional grounds are (1) explicit expression of intent of non-compliance with return-related measures, or  (2) when the applicant, third-country national or stateless person concerned is manifestly and persistently not fulfilling the obligation to cooperate.

Also significant in the context of crisis management is the Migration Preparedness and Crisis Blueprint, which is not a legislative instrument but a recommendation by the Commission on an EU mechanism for ‘Preparedness and Management of Crises related to Migration’. Although the recommendation does not explicitly mention detention or accommodation, some of its aspects reflect the current operational coordination in the hotspots between Member States and the EU and its agencies, such as EASO, Frontex and Eurojust. The Blueprint thus aims to consolidate the operational cooperation developed so far, by establishing a framework which supports a more coordinated use of the relevant legislation in order to avoid crisis situations such as in 2015 and to ensure the effective functioning of national migration systems. It provides for two stages in such coordination: the preparedness stage and the crisis stage.

In the toolbox for the crisis stage, provided in the Annex to the Recommendation, several measures to be taken at external borders are provided. Most relevant for accommodation and detention are the following measures: “Hotspots and reception centres are established at the points of high pressure staffed by relevant national authorities and supported by the EU Agencies with the necessary migration and security information systems.” The Commission also “deploys staff to Member States at the EU external borders to assist in the coordination of the response actions.” Moreover, “EASO deploys, in coordination with Member States, relevant staff and equipment to assist on reception and asylum”, and “Europol deploys, in coordination with Member States, […] officers to perform security checks of arriving migrants.” Frontex is also given a role in the toolbox “by deploying return specialists and by organising and coordinating return operations by charter and scheduled flights including with return escorts and return monitors.” The mobilisation of EASO, Frontex, and Europol to work together with the authorities of frontline Member States in the hotspot approach “to help to fulfil their obligations under EU law and swiftly identify, register and fingerprint incoming migrants” was first put forward in the 2015 European Agenda on Migration, and further developed in the Regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard.

2. Fundamental Rights Compliance

With regard to all proposed measures, the Commission reflects on compliance with the right to liberty and freedom of movement. For example, the Explanatory Memorandum to the Crisis Regulation states that these rights are “protected given that, if detention is used in the context of the derogatory rules to the asylum and return border procedure, such derogatory rules can only be applied in a strictly regulated framework and for a limited time.” In a similar fashion, the Commission writes with regard to the proposal for a recast of the Reception Conditions Directive that it is “fully compatible with Article 6 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, read in the light of Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights and relevant jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.” And the Staff Working Document underlines that detention in the return border procedure “could be used only in individual cases, as a last resort (no effective alternatives available), for the shortest possible period of time and provided that procedures by national authorities are conducted with due diligence, and in any case not exceeding the maximum duration of the border procedure (12 weeks for asylum, 12 weeks for return).” It is striking however, that in the Staff Working document, the relatively brief Section 5.5. (“A fairer and more effective system to reinforce migrants and asylum seekers’ rights”) unapologetically presents measures that that do not even come close to reinforcing rights, but instead restrict them. Thus, it is it is acknowledged that the refusal of entry to the territory inherent to a border procedure has an impact on the right to liberty, but is nevertheless “necessary to discourage applicants with abusive claims to enter the Union without a valid reason.”

Containment at external borders and de facto detention

When it comes to compliance with the right to personal liberty, perhaps the most striking characteristic of the Pact is the implicit blurring of the lines between detention and restrictions on freedom of movement, a tendency that is arguably typical for contemporary migration governance and that has been highlighted by scholars calling attention to containment practices beyond the premises of detention sites. The most pertinent question raised by such practices is to what extent our current fundamental rights framework is capable of addressing the resulting challenges. Screening and border procedures are characterised by the refusal of entry. At the same time, applicants for international protection have a right to remain under EU law and they cannot be returned before the existence of a risk of refoulement is assessed. Moreover, Article 18 of the Charter provides for the right to asylum. This particular construction inevitably impacts on the liberty of applicants who apply for asylum at the border or in a transit zone. Indeed, in these procedures, entry is refused precisely in order to prevent free movement within the territory of the Member State (and the potential for subsequent irregular movements across the EU).

To what extent policies of non-entry at the external border as foreseen in the screening and border procedures (both asylum and return) interfere with the right to personal liberty raises complex issues of fact and law – questions the answers to which, as we have seen over the past few years, may vary depending on which court in Europe answers them. Thus, containment of applicants for asylum in the Röszke transit area was deemed to constitute detention by the Court of Justice in FMS and Commission v Hungary, whereas such containment under almost comparable circumstances in Ilias and Ahmed was not qualified as such by the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR. Elsewhere I have argued that the particular legal constellation of EU law is such that in most cases, the ‘holding’ of applicants for asylum at the border or in transit zones before entry is granted will amount to deprivation of liberty, and not as mere restrictions on freedom of movement. It is also worth underlining that in 2013, the Commission was of the opinion that border procedures could “be used only in exceptional circumstances, since they imply detention.”

In this blog I will not address in depth the legal intricacies of how both the ECtHR and the CJEU have qualified a stay at the border or in the transit zone, an issue that is delved out in detail, including the way in which such containment relates to the 1951 Refugee Convention, in our legal study underlying the European implementation assessment of border procedures in the EU. For now it suffices to highlight that in FMS, the CJEU defined detention as “a coercive measure that deprives [an] applicant of his or her freedom of movement by requiring him or her to remain permanently within a restricted and closed perimeter.” The possibility to leave this area will not call into question the assessment of a situation as detention, if this is either not a legal possibility or results in forfeiting the right to asylum, which was recently affirmed by the Court in Commission v Hungary.

At the same time, it is well known that in human rights law, the distinction between a deprivation of liberty (detention) and a restriction on freedom of movement is one of ‘degree or intensity and not one of nature or substance.’ Nonetheless, once a situation is qualified as detention, a number of safeguards kick in. Most notably is the habeas corpus guarantee, giving the detainee the right to have the lawfulness of the detention speedily reviewed by a court and to have the detention lifted if it is unlawful. Although safeguards are not absent in EU law when it concerns restrictions on freedom of movement, they are less robust. Article 7 of the proposal for the recast Reception Conditions Directive requires that measures restricting freedom of movement are proportionate and based on the individual behaviour and particular situation of the person concerned.” Moreover, such measures, provided that they “affect applicants individually” should ultimately be the subject of “an appeal, in fact and in law, before a judicial authority.” Even leaving aside the question what is meant with the qualification that measures should “affect applicants individually” to merit judicial review, the scope, intensity and possible outcomes of such review, as well as the speed with which it should be carried out, are entirely left to national law.

Lesser procedural protection when freedom of movement of applicants is restricted to a particular area, for example in cases of a particular geographical restriction, makes sense in many cases, especially when compared to a full-blown detention regime in an immigration detention centre. The problem is, however, that precisely with regard to practices of containment at the border the difference between detention and restrictions on freedom of movement can be difficult to draw. The result is that practices that are qualified as detention by one Member State, may not be seen as such by another. This jeopardises the uniformity of EU law, seeing that applicants in similar situations have different procedural protection at their disposal: for example, judicial review of the lawfulness of a deprivation of liberty is not enjoyed uniformly by individuals across the EU. More fundamentally, also under the current legal framework, the complexity surrounding the stay of third-country nationals at borders or in transit zones results in numerous instances of de facto detention in Europe, be it at border posts, transit zones, reception centres, boats, islands or airports.

The proposals in the Pact do not in any way address this problem, which may partly be due to the fact that the transposition of current EU law has not been evaluated by the Commission. Presenting the screening and border procedures as a panacea for problems encountered at external borders therefore raises more questions than it answers. The asylum and return border procedures as proposed in the Asylum Procedures Regulation will augment existing problems in this field, and the proposal for the screening regulation, by leaving it entirely up to national law whether or not to use detention during the screening phase, flaunts a complete ignorance of the challenges encountered at the borders of Europe when it comes to respecting the fundamental rights of migrants. By not addressing these in a sustained manner, the Pact cannot be said to bring about certainty and clarity for the for the men, women and children arriving in the EU. As regards decent conditions: the last years have shown that conditions of detention at the at the border or in transit zones raise particular problems and it is not clear how the Commission envisages addressing these.

Accommodation at the borders and hotspots: a “system to match the scale of the challenge”?

The Commission portrays the will to make the New Pact a reality as “the only way to prevent the recurrence of events such as those seen in Moria […]: by putting into place a system to match the scale of the challenge.” This statement seems rather incongruous when we consider that the “more efficient, seamless and harmonised migration management system” as proposed in the Pact largely replicates the modus operandi as currently employed at the hotspots; albeit without introducing clear measures to prevent well-documented violations of human rights. Thus, the current hotspots are places where migrants are screened and then channeled in the proper procedures. This channeling, minus the operational coordination and support (which is foreseen in times of crisis in the Blueprint) is precisely what the Commission proposes do now at all external borders. Civil society has rightly argued that the Pact “risks to foster the model of large hosting centers, especially in countries tasked with controlling the external borders of the European Union”. The dangers that accommodation in these types of centers pose for the physical and mental health of migrants are well documented, and it remains unclear how the Commission envisages countering these risks.

Moreover, as mentioned above, it is remarkable that it does not pay structural attention to the way in which these policies relates to detention, except from gratuitous statements in the Staff Working Document, such as “irregular migrants in a return border procedure would not be subject to detention as a rule”. Now, how does that rule relate to the obligation by Member States to keep returnees from entering the territory if their return cannot be arranged yet? And what are the prospects for proper implementation of that rule considering the complete lack of evaluation of current practices? For example, in Greece, under the fast track border procedure at the Aegean islands, appellants whose appeals are rejected “are immediately detained upon the notification of the second instance negative decision.” With regard to Italy, the CPT has reported in 2017 that migrants who did not express the intention to apply for international protection “and against whom a refusal of entry (rejection) order or a removal order had been issued, could remain in the ‘hotspots’ for days or even weeks, and potentially until their forced return or transfer to a CPR, without any judicial control.” How such problems can be prevented from occurring in the future is not discussed by the Commission, not even when presenting the extension of periods allowed for screening and border procedures in times of crisis foreseen in the Crisis Regulation. Moreover, how it envisages to improve and monitor the living conditions in the hotspots remains unclear. The situation in ‘Moria 2.0’ does not provide much reason to be hopeful in this regard either.

The current framework undergirding the hotspot approach seems to be replicated in the proposals in another way as well: the extra ground for detention in the proposal for the recast Reception Conditions Directive mirrors the practice in Greece, where applicants for asylum who violated the geographical restriction applied to them are upon arrest transported back to the islands and detained (albeit without a legal basis in Greek law). In a similar fashion, the added grounds for assigning applicants for asylum a specific place of residence in Article 7 of the Reception Conditions Directive reflect current practice at the hotspots.


If the Commission genuinely wishes to set up a “system to meet the scale of the challenge”, more sustained reflection is needed on the way in which instruments of migration management pose challenges to the effective protection of fundamental rights. No-one can be unaware of the systematic infringements of the right to liberty and substandard living conditions suffered by those held at the borders of Europe. A policy that fails to engage honestly with the question how to prevent these violations from occurring in the future cannot be taken seriously. Without having carried out a proper evaluation of the current instruments employed at the borders of Europe, the Commission presents the new ‘migration management tools’ as a solution. The question that lingers after a thorough examination of those elements of the Pact that have repercussions for the right to liberty: for what precisely does the Proposal provide a solution? For it contains disappointing few – if any – answers for the men, women and children who are detained at the borders of Europe without a formal detention order or under conditions that cannot be described as decent by any stretch of the imagination, nor for those who dwell in the hotspots after they have been formally released from detention but are “still trapped under conditions highly similar to those of detention.”

In this respect it is conspicuous that the Pact contains relatively a lot of reflection on monitoring compliance with fundamental rights by the EU, agencies and even Member States themselves, but surprisingly few instruments that are traditionally the most pertinent when it comes to fundamental rights protection: judicial remedies. In our legal study for European Parliamentary Research Service, a number of procedural guarantees are put forward to provide adequate protection for individuals in a situation where the lines between restrictions on freedom of movement and deprivation of liberty are blurred (here, pp. 128-131).Thus, when Member States employ policies of non-entry, a decision in writing should qualify the measures preventing entry as either detention orrestrictions on freedom of movement. The decision should moreover provide reasons in fact and law, not only for the restriction itself but also for its qualification. In addition, both detention and restrictions on freedom of movement, if these are decided by an administrative authority, should be subject to a speedy judicial review, and the scope of such review should be such as to enable the judicial authority to substitute its own decision for that of the administrative authority with regard to the qualification of the measure. Additionally, the judicial authority should be able to take into account any element that it considers necessary for assessing the lawfulness of the restricting measures, including its conditions. Seeing that the rule of law and the protection of individual rights in the EU largely depends on a “decentralised judicial architecture”, robust judicial remedies before national judges are called for in order to ensure that the desired ‘clarity, certainty and decent conditions’ do not remain an empty promise.

Further Reading

Odysseus Blog

Galina Cornelisse and Madalina Moraru, ‘Judicial dialogue about the Return Directive: Which role for courts in an era of executive governance?’, EU Immigration and Asylum Law Blog of 1 September 2020.

Boldizsár Nagy, ‘A – pyrrhic? – victory concerning detention in transit zones and procedural rights: FMS & FMZ and the legislation adopted by Hungary in its wake’, EU Immigration and Asylum Law Blog of 15 June 2020.

Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi,‘Hotspots and EU Agencies: Towards an integrated European administration?’, EU Immigration and Asylum Law Blog of 26 January 2017

Relevant works by the author

Cornelisse, G. N. (2016). Territory, Procedures and Rights: Border Procedures in European Asylum Law. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 2016(1), 74-90.

Cornelisse, G. N. (2020). Borders, Procedures and Rights at Röszke: Reflections on Case C-924/19 (PPU). Online publication or Website, European Database of Asylum Law.öszke-reflections-case-c-92419-ppu

Cornelisse, G., & Reneman, M. (2020). Border procedures in the Member States: Legal Assessment. External Research paper for European Parliament Research Service.

EU documents

Commission Communication on a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, COM(2020) 609of 23 September 2020.

Commission Proposal for a Regulation introducing a screening of third country nationals at the external borders, COM(2020) 612of 23 September 2020.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on asylum and migration management and amending Council Directive concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents, COM(2020) 610of 23 September 2020.

Amended Proposal for a Regulation establishing a common procedure for international protection in the Union and repealing Directive 2013/32/EU, COM(2020) 611of 23 September 2020.

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council addressing situations of crisis and force majeure in the field of migration and asylum, COM(2020) 613of 23 September 2020.

Commission Recommendation on an EU mechanism for Preparedness and Management of Crises related to Migration (Migration Preparedness and Crisis Blueprint), C(2020) 6469of 23 September 2020.

Commission Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third-country nationals (recast), COM(2018) 634 finalof 12 September 2018.

Proposal for aDirective of the European Parliament and the Council laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection (recast), COM(2016) 465 finalof 13 July 2016.

Case Law

Case C-808/18, Commission v Hungary, 17 December 2020.

Case C-924/19, FMS and Others v Országos Idegenrendészeti Főigazgatóság Dél-alföldi Regionális Igazgatóság and Országos Idegenrendészeti Főigazgatóság, 14 May 2020.