European Union

  • Global Approach to Migration and Mobility COM/2011/0743 final adopted by the EC in 2011 establishes a general framework for the EU’s relations with third countries in the field of migration.
  • The EC published a communication setting out its vision on the future agenda for home affairs An open and secure Europe: making it happen COM(2014) 154 final in March 2014.
  • European Parliament resolution 2015/2660(RSP) of 29 April 2015 on the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean and EU migration and asylum policines.
  • A European Agenda on Migration COM(2015) 240 final proposes immediate measures to cope with the crisis in the Mediterranean and measures to be taken over the next few years to manage all aspects of immigration more effectively. Agenda was followed by Decision 2015/2248 of 28 October 2015 on the mobilisation of the Flexibility Instrument for immediate budgetary measures under the European Agenda on Migration.
  • The EU Immigration Portal, launched in November 2011, provides hands-on information for foreign nationals interested in moving to the EU. In July 2011, the EC adopted the European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (COM/2011/0455 final). In June 2016 the EC put forward an Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals (COM/2016/0377 final), setting out a policy framework and practical steps to help Member States integrate the 20 million non-EU nationals legally resident in the EU.
  • Family Reunification Directive 2003/86/EC of 22 September 2003 on the right to family reunification;
  • Long-term Residents Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents;
  • Students Directive 2004/114/EC of 13 December 2004 on the conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service;
  • Scientific Research Directive 2005/71/EC of 12 October 2005 on a specific procedure for admitting third-country nationals for the purposes of scientific research;
  • Blue Card Directive 2009/50/EC of 25 May 2009 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of highly qualified employment;
  • Directive 2011/51/EU of 11 May 2011 amending Council Directive 2003/109/EC to extend its scope to beneficiaries of international protection;
  • Single Permit Directive 2011/98/EU of 13 December 2011 on a single application procedure for a single permit for third-country nationals to reside and work in the territory of a Member State and on a common set of rights for third-country workers legally residing in a Member State;
  • Directive 2014/36/EU of 26 February 2014, regulates the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purpose of employment as seasonal workers;
  • Directive 2014/66/EU of 15 May 2014 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer;
  • Directive (EU) 2016/801 of 11 May 2016 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing;
  • Resident Permits Format Regulation (EC) No. 1030 of 13 June 2002 laying down a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals;
  • Regulation (EC) No. 380/2008 of 18 April 2008 amending Regulation (EC) No. 1030/2002 laying down a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals.
  • Visa List Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement;
  • VIS Regulation No. 767/2008 of 9 July 2008 concerning the Visa Information System (VIS) and the exchange of data between Member States on shortstay visas (VIS Regulation);
  • Visa Code (Regulation (EC) No. 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code).
  • Racial Equality Directive 2000/43/EC of 29 June 2000 implementing the principle of equal treatment between persons irrespective of racial or ethnic origin;
  • Regulation (EU) No. 1231/2010 of 24 November 2010 extending Regulation (EC) No. 883/2004 and Regulation (EC) No. 987/2009 to nationals of third countries who are not already covered by these Regulations solely on the ground of their nationality.
  • Marriages of Convenience Council Resolution, 1997 of 4 December 1997 on measures to be adopted on the combating of marriages of convenience;
  • Carrier Sanctions Directive 2001/51/EC of 28 June 2001 supplementing the provisions of Article 26 of the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985;
  • Facilitation Directive 2002/90/EC of 28 November 2002 defining the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence;
  • Council Decision 2004/573/EC of 29 April 2004 on the organisation of joint flights for removals from the territory of two or more Member States, of third-country nationals who are subjects of individual removal orders;
  • Return Directive 2008/115/EC of 16 December 2008 on common standards and procedures in Member States for returning illegally staying third country nationals;
  • Employer Sanctions Directive 2009/52/EC of 18 June 2009 providing for minimum standards on sanctions and measures against employers of illegally staying third-country nationals.
  • Dublin Regulation (EU) No. 604/2013 of 26 June 2013 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person;
  • Asylum Procedures Directive 2013/32/EU of 26 June 2013 on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection;
  • Reception Conditions Directive 2013/33/EU of 26 June 2013 laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection;
  • Regulation (EU) No 603/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on the establishment of ‘Eurodac’ for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person and on requests for the comparison with Eurodac data by Member States’ law enforcement authorities and Europol for law enforcement purposes, and amending Regulation (EU) No 1077/2011 establishing a European Agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice.
  • Trafficking Victims Directive (Residence Permits) 2004/81/EC of 29 April 2004 on the residence permit issued to third-country nationals who are victims of trafficking in human beings or who have been the subject of an action to facilitate illegal immigration, who cooperate with the competent authorities;
  • Anti-Trafficking Directive 2011/36/EU of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims.
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