Tackling Irregular Migration

04/02/2019 - 05/02/2019
Location: Luxembourg (LU)
Project number: 1951702

Tackling Irregular Migration

From:  900,00

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.




Registration of participants



Welcome and mutual introduction




The Returns Directive I
The session explains the central instrument of the EU’s return policy; the Returns Directive, major issues for national implementation and its impact on national immigration procedures.
Aniel Pahladsingh, EU Lawyer, Raad van state, The Hague








Coffee break




The Returns Directive II
Roundtable discussion on selected problems in applying the Returns Directive at the national level, national application (entry bans, organising voluntary return, legal aid, remedies)
Facilitated by Aniel Pahladsingh, EU Lawyer,  Raad van state, The Hague












The emerging notion of threat to public order – a concept in EU migration law
The session will examine the serious threat to public policy, public security or national security a concept central to Returns Directive. The most recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union will be introduced in relation to national practices on how the serious threat to public policy, public security or national security is interpreted and applied by national immigration authorities, what are problematic issues and emerging conversions in the respective national practices.
Aniel Pahladsingh








Immigration detention and fundamental rights
The session highlights the very delicate question of the fundamental rights requirements of immigration detention as required by the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.  The session will specifically focus on what legal and practical parameters are set by fundamental rights for national immigration authorities in enforcing immigration detention.
Petra Jeney, Senior Lecturer, EIPA Luxembourg – European Centre for Judges and Lawyers








Coffee break




Case studies
Through the discussion of small scenarios, the identification of issues relevant in returns cases will be highlighted in order to enhance the understanding of legal institutions and concepts.
Petra Jeney, Senior Lecturer, EIPA Luxembourg – European Centre for Judges and Lawyers




End of the Day 1 followed by a reception









The role of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in returns operations
The session gives insight into the EU instruments on the basis of which the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCG) plays a role in return decisions rendered by national authorities. While the discussion will focus on the EBCG regulation, attention will be given to operational instruments developed by EU law that facilitate return.
Speaker invited from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency








Coffee break




Operational issues in carrying out removal – cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and national authorities
The session gives insight into how the European Border and Coast Guard Agency practically supports Member States in carrying out returns and removal decisions. The session will also take account of the experiences and lessons learned in carrying out returns decisions at the national level.
Panel discussion – speaker invited from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and speakers from national administrations












The criminalisation of migration
The session will discuss what combating irregular migration entails at the regulatory level and will concentrate on EU legislation and policy as regards the criminalisation of immigrant smuggling and employing undeclared, irregular migrant workers.
Petra Jeney








Coffee break




Panel discussion on future development of EU immigration law and its relationship with the Schengen Area.
Petra Jeney, with input from the participants








End of seminar

Course venue
European Centre for Judges and Lawyers – EIPA Luxembourg
Chambre des Métiers Building
Circuit de la Foire Internationale, 2
1347 Luxembourg

Programme Organiser
Ms Christiane Lamesch
Tel: +352 426 230 302

The fee includes documentation and refreshments. Lunches, a reception or dinner are included if mentioned in the programme. Accommodation and travel costs are at the expense of the participants or their administration.

EIPA offers a 10% discount to all civil servants working for one of EIPA’s supporting countries, and civil servants working for an EU institution, body or agency.

Who are the supporting countries?
Civil servants coming from the following EIPA supporting countries are entitled to get the reduced fee: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

For all other participants, the regular fee applies.

Special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic) can be indicated once you receive the confirmation of the seminar.

Hotel reservations
EIPA has special price arrangements with a number of hotels. All rates are including breakfast and tourist tax. Should you wish to make use of this possibility, please book directly via the links below. Payment is to be made directly and personally to the hotel upon checking out. At the time of booking, please mention in the requested field the reservation code: EIPA, unless indicated otherwise.


City Centre


Railway Station Area

  • Hotel City****, at the rate of €189 (Monday to Thursday) and €150 (Friday to Sunday), tel.: +352 29 11 22; e-mail: mail@cityhotel.lu; cityhotel.lu (Reservation code: EIPA)


Confirmation of registration will be forwarded to participants on receipt of the completed online registration form.

Prior payment is a condition for participation.

Cancellation policy
For administrative reasons you will be charged €150 for cancellations received within 15 days before the activity begins. There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.

EIPA reserves the right to cancel the activity up to 2 weeks before the starting date. In that case, registration fees received will be fully reimbursed. EIPA accepts no responsibility for any costs incurred (travel, accommodation, etc.). 


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