folder VI.2.5.3 Readmission Agreements

Main Debate

Are the ‘safeguard’ provisions in readmission agreements sufficient?

Main Points

Objectives of readmission agreements:

        •Â Â Â  EU seeking to use readmission agreements to guarantee removal of irregular migrants, including those who have merely transited through other contracting party

        •      rules on proof and presumptive evidence for nationality and transit route

        •      safe guard clauses

Editor’s Note

Readmission agreements will apply to rejected asylum seekers and to people removed to supposedly safe third countries and safe countries of origin. But it must be questioned whether readmission agreements concluded by the EC to date do contain adequate safeguards to ensure that people in need of international protection are not returned to persecution.