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.
The controversial Returns Directive has now been the subject of considerable jurisprudence of the cjeu, addressing many important issues of interpretation. This paper assesses whether the cjeu has been successful in its apparent attempts to balance humanitarian concerns with the eu legislator’s apparent objective of removing irregular migrants from the territory as quickly as possible.