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Dublin Regulation – February, 18th 2003

In accordance with the Dublin Regulation, Member States have to assess, on the basis of objective and hierarchical criteria, which Member State is responsible for examining an asylum application lodged on their territory.

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Directive 2003/9/EC laying down minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers – January, 27th 2003

The Directive defines certain key terms such as Geneva Convention, applicant for asylum, family members, unaccompanied minor, reception conditions, detention. The directive will in principle apply only to applicants for asylum. But the competent authorities will presume that all applications for international protection are applications for asylum unless the applicant explicitly requests another form of protection.

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Directive 2003/86/EC on the right to familly reunification – September, 22nd 2003

The aim of the Directive is to establish common rules of Community law relating to the right to family reunification of third country nationals residing lawfully on the territory of the Member States. At the moment this right is recognised only by international legal instruments, in particular the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of 1950. At national level the situation is very patchy. Family reunification protects the family and makes it easier to integrate nationals of non-member countries in the Member States. It should thus be a recognised right throughout the Union.

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Directive 2001/55/EC on minimum standards for giving temporary protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons – July, 21st 2001

In the 1990s, the European Union witnessed an increased occurrence of mass influxes of displaced persons who cannot return to their country of origin. To respond to this development and avoid serious disruption to their asylum systems, most Member States established exceptional temporary protection schemes. The reasoning behind the need to have minimum standards at EU level on this issue is twofold. First, it would provide solidarity and burden sharing among Member States for receiving large number of people at one time. And second, it would reduce disparities between the policies of Member States on the reception and treatment of displaced persons. Legal basis for temporary protection is art.63.2.a & b TEC.

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European Pact on immigration and asylum – December, 15th and 16th 2008

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been calling for a European ‘Pact on Immigration and Asylum’ ever since his election campaign in spring 2007. Indeed, migration was a priority of the French EU Presidency.
The proposed pact seeks to integrate and complement the efforts made by the EU institutions to shape a common European approach to both legal and illegal migration.

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European Platform for Migrant Workers’ Rights (EPMWR) – The rights of Migrant Workers in the European Union: Shadow Report – 2006

After consultations with its members, the European Platform for Migrant Workers’ Rights (EPMWR) decided to produced a first set of national reports, covering the rights of migrant workers in four EU Member States : Estonia, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The main aim of this publication is to assess the emerging Common European Migration Policy, with a special emphasis on labour migration and integration, both in terms of policies and legislation as well with respect to their actual implementation.

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