26 November 2014
Within the framework of the Project CONTENTION (CONTrol of immigration detention), the Migration Policy Centre and the Odysseus Academic Network examined the lawfulness of different detention practices of irregular migrants in 11 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. The project examined the jurisprudence on pre-removal detention of third country nationals between 2008 and 2014 in order to evaluate the impact of the Returns Directive in this area. The findings of the comparative research will be discussed by judges, academics and EU representatives at a conference on 12 December 2014 in Brussels. Furthermore, a database detailing more than 400 cases on migrants’ detention will be presented.
On the same occasion, the follow-up project REDIAL (RETurn DIAlogue) will be launched. REDIAL intends to promote dialogue amongst judges and legal academics in the Odysseus Network working on return cases.
This article appeared in the ECRE Weekly Bulletin of 27 November 2014. You can subscribe to the Weekly Bulletin here.