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"Get Lost!": European Return Policies in Practice

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The overall emphasis of current EU policies on increasing the “effectiveness” of return, including through the use of informal and non-binding readmission arrangements, raises a set of issues concerning the impact of those measures on relevant EU standards in a number of areas, including respect of fair and legal remedy procedures, identification and re-documentation of migrants, and the effective protection of personal data. This publication highlights the numerous problems and difficulties returnees face in Afghanistan, Syria, Tunisia, Senegal and Kosovo.

This publication was presented on 1 October 2020.

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"Get Lost!" European Return Policies in Practice (embargoed until 1 October 2020, 14:00 CEST)
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Date of Publication
October 2020
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union
Number of Pages
Language of publication
ISBN 978-9-46400-741-1
Table of contents

Preface (by Kirsten Maas-Albert, Editor)

Unwelcome in One’s Own Country – Return to Syria (by Bente Scheller)

A “Safe Country of Origin” with Persisting Problems – Return to Kosovo (by Thomas Schmid)

Reintegration under the Pressures of Stabilisation – Return to Tunisia (by Thomas Schmid)

Humanitarian Plight and Violence – Return to Afghanistan (by Friederike Stahlmann)

“If You Never Travel, You Will Never Know if Life Is Better Elsewhere” – Return to Senegal (by Thomas Schmid)