Recent Developments in eu Law on Migration: The Legislative Patchwork and the Court’s Approach

in European Journal of Migration and Law
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Union law on migration of persons developed over decades and inevitably in a patchwork way. The focus of this article is on the relative role of the Union legislator and the Court of Justice in that development. It is argued that eu migration law consists of three main elements (rules on free movement of Union citizens, rules in agreements with third countries and the new migration and asylum instruments adopted after 1999) and that the Court of Justice deals with those elements not as separate or isolated categories but as closely related sets of rules in real life and in law.

Recent Developments in eu Law on Migration: The Legislative Patchwork and the Court’s Approach

in European Journal of Migration and Law




C.A. Groenendijk (2012) ‘Migration and Law In Europe’ in: E. Guild & P.E. Minderhoud (eds) First Decade of eu Migration and Asylum Law (Immigration and asylum law and policy in Europe no. 24) Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff pp. 1–22.


See E. Guild (2000) European Community Law from a Migrant’s Perspective dissertation University of Nijmegen Nijmegen Chapter 5; R. Gutmann (1999) Die Assoziationsfreizügigkeit türkischer Staatsangehöriger Ihre Entdeckung und Ihr Inhalt 2nd edition Baden-Baden: Nomos p. 71; Regulation No. 15 and Regulation 38/64 and Regulation 1408/71 clearly served as models.


Council document 10313/13 of 31 May 2013.


Council document 10316/13 of 31 May 2013.


Press Release of 8 October 2013Council document 14149/13 p. 10 and com (2013)837 of 25 November 2013.


K. Groenendijk (2013) ‘The Court of Justice and the Development of eec-Turkey Association Law’ in: G. Jochem W. Fritzemeyer and M. Kau (eds) Grenzüberschreitendes Recht – Crossing Frontiers Festschrift für Kay Hailbronner Heidelberg: C.F. Müller pp. 413–428.


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K. Groenendijk (2005) ‘Access of Third-Country Nationals to Employment under the New ec Migration Law’ in: F. Julien-Laferrière H. Labayle and O. Edström (eds) The European Immigration and Asylum Policy: Critical Assessment Five Years After the Amsterdam Treaty Brussels: Bruylant pp. 141–174.


Case C-571/10 24 April 2012Kamberaj not yet reported.


Case C-508/10 26 April 2012Commission/Netherlands not yet reported.


Case C-15/11 21 June 2012Sommer not yet reported.


Case C-491/13 10 September 2014Ben Alayaecli: eu: C: 2014: 2187.


Opinion of 29 May 2013paras. 58–68 and 81.


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