An EU Immigration Code: Towards a Common Immigration Policy

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The Commission is planning to propose an EU immigration code in 2013. This will be an opportunity to revise the existing EU legislation in order to enhance standards and procedural rights for migrants, as well as to improve its clarity and coherence. This article discusses the key issues which the Code should address, and suggests a list of amendments which it should adopt. It is accompanied by a complete proposal for a text of the Code, published online.

An EU Immigration Code: Towards a Common Immigration Policy

in European Journal of Migration and Law




COM (2010) 17120 Apr. 2010.


COM (2001) 38611 July 2001. For an analysis of this proposal see chapter 21 of Peers S. and Rogers N. (eds.) EU Immigration and Asylum Law: Text and Commentary 1st edition (Martinus Nijhoff 2006).


COM (2004) 81111 Jan. 2005 and COM (2005) 669 21 Dec. 2005.


COM (2010) 378 and 379 13 July 2010.


Proposed Reg. on Eurodac (COM (2008) 8253 Dec. 2008; revised: COM (2009) 342 10 Sep. 2009 and COM (2010) 555 11 Oct. 2010); proposed Reg. on responsibility for applications for international protection (COM (2008) 820 3 Dec. 2008); proposed Directive on reception conditions for applicants for international protection procedures (COM (2008) 815 3 Dec. 2008; revised: COM (2011) 320 1 June 2011); and proposed Directive on international protection procedures (COM (2009) 554 21 Oct. 2009; revised: COM (2011) 319 1 June 2011).


See the analysis in Hailbronner p. 729 and chs. 3 and 10 of Peers et al. (both supra n. 10). The preamble to the proposed Code should clarify that the same holds true mutatis mutandis when an application for a Blue Card is made by an employer.


COM (2008) 610p. 8.

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