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The effectiveness of return in EU Member States: EMN Inform

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This Inform presents an overview of the EMN Study on The effectiveness of return in EU Member States.

Key points to note:

  • National debates increasingly focus on return, which is widely considered as a priority across Member States. 
  • National practices implementing the EU framework – or equivalent standards – vary between Member States, as a result of different administrative practices, different interpretations of rules, as well as EU case law.
  • Challenges attached to the effectiveness of return relate primarily to the risk that a third-country national absconds.
  • The involvement of civil society players, NGOs and international organisations in the handling of return cases and in detention centres helps fostering trust with third-country nationals and providing them with adequate, tailored support.
  • Some Member States invest in the management of their detention facilities and training of staff, adopting a multidisciplinary approach to accommodate the needs of the detainee (in particular when s/he has special needs) and facilitate the return process.

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Author: European Migration Network
Publisher: Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
Date of Publication: 23 February 2018
Geographical focus: Europe

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